The contemporary design of Ikibana Restaurant, in Barcelona, is a fusion of Japanese and Brazilian gastronomies, two cultures that seem so antagonistic, quiet and minimalist the first, vivacious and eccentric the second.
Finding shared singularities between these two cultures, was the conceptual challenge that the Spanish architecture studio EL Equipo Creativo faced during the design process. The architects discovered that the landscape was an extremely important element in both cultures, and they decided to exalt this element in the design of the space and create an artificial landscape.
On the one hand, Brazil represents an extraordinary lush landscape, while Brazilian lifestyle absorbs and reflects this voluptuousness, always cheerful and full of color.
On the other, traditional Japanese paintings, as well as the visual and dramatic arts, are full of references to their landscape. The art of flower arrangement known as Ikebana gives its name to the modern restaurant and inspiration to its design.
The restaurant design result from a sinuous landscape created by different elements. Guests are sitting in the interior of colorful bowls. These islands are embraced by a fluid space which changes around the restaurant, producing infinite angles of vision and allowing the constant movement of the waiters presenting the food to liven the atmosphere. These Ikebana artistic arrangements look for the right proportion, composition, and equilibrium among three elements: wood, leaves, and flowers.
The wooden element in the design comes with the dramatic ceiling designed as a forest of entwined branches, becoming one of the main protagonists of the space. The wood, the vegetal or green element can be found inside the display windows, acting as a curtain that diffuses the light and the vision between the interior and the street.
Its organic shape reminds us of a petal and can be easily adapted for groups, producing a new color composition with each new table arrangement.