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Contract Projects by El Equipo Creativo is going to be in our lenses today! We will be exploring 10 outstanding and unique projects, covering hotels and restaurants. El Equipo Creativo is a Barcelona based interior design studio founded by the architects Oliver Franz Schmidt, Natali Canas del Pozo and Lucas Echeveste Lacy, specialised in creating gastronomic, commercial and brand flag spaces.
Since the studio’s foundation in 2010, El Equipo Creativo has been creating several projects which have been recognised in various international interior design awards, such as Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, The Great Indoors Awards, FX International Award, Best of the Year Award and AIT Interior Contract Award.
Kimpton Vividora Hotel opened its doors in February 2020 in Barcelona’s vibrant and well known Gothic Quarter, hence the design for the hotel had to have harmony between the Ciutat Vella, an artsy neighbourhood with an old body and young soul, and a luxury Kimpton Hotel design. The Vividora offers different public spaces that invite both guests and locals to enjoy, meet and interact; all of these spaces are a reflection of the local lifestyle showcasing handcrafted elements, local brands and art and colourful ceramic patterns.
The objective was to create a hotel where one could breathe a free and fun atmosphere with a disruptive touch, which would invite different types of public to enjoy the public areas of the hotel. The rooms, following the same philosophy, would invite both resting and playing. In the suite rooms, all furniture items are separated from the walls, to leave their historical details visible. The bed, in the centre of the room becomes the main protagonist. The suite rooms are accessed through the bathroom, covered with a the golden ceramic skin.
The reform of the well-known Crazy Pianos music club was the beginning of a new stage in its history. The new design should push their new commercial strategy, aimed at a more demanding audience from a wider age range. But without losing the essence of the original project: the music of two red life pianos and a fun, carefree atmosphere. El Equipo Creativo responded with a design rich in details and corners, full of winks and little crazy stories: an atmosphere that invites to get carried away and lose your mind. We conceived the space as a cinematographic sequence of a surreal film, which is gradually discovered as entering the venue. Each area is designed as a new scenography within this film.
Located on the emblematic Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona, Oassis Natural Cooking is in a relaxed, casual and fresh space: a pleasant oasis in the heart of the city. For its design, El Equipo Creativo drew inspiration from the terraces and inner patios of Barcelona’s superblocks, calm and relaxed places, spontaneous and full of vegetation. In these patios, we usually find an extraordinary mixture of textures and colours, typical of the party wall and the inner courtyards of the city: rough bricks, ceramics, lattices, concrete, worn paint and tiles. Colourful neon signs with ironic and funny messages provide the contrast point and inform the customers about the different gastronomic offers and bars of the restaurant. These add a young and modern touch to the interior.
The aim of the design is to enhance the views and to surround the customer with the specific landscape qualities of its location by the water. Sitting in the restaurant should be like sitting on a yacht deck staring at the sunset. The architecture of the building resembles that of a pavilion by the water. El Equipo Creativo design tries to enhance this idea of Mediterranean pavilion, a space that blurs interior space and exterior terraces, with just some vertical elements, a white sun-protecting lattice and the most incredible views around us.
The purpose of the project was to design a gastronomic space that will promote red tuna as a quality product and, at the same time, make the brand known to the general public. The interior design is intended to become another element of communication regarding the world of the red tuna. Each of the zones reflects a different aspect of the product and its capture. The principal area or Blue Room transports us to the depths of the sea.
As the name of the venue suggests, El Mama – La Papa, El Equipo Creativo’s client wanted to create a space that played upon duality and the mixture of opposites. In addition to food and drinks, a burlesque show would be offered to introduce a party atmosphere and dancing. Guests are welcomed by four large neon signs displaying oxymorons: Never – Again; Peace – Force; Holy – Hell; Public – Secret. The starting point leaves no doubt. The building in which it is located, an old canning warehouse, is a space with a great deal of personality as far as structure is concerned. To reinforce the presence of the original structure we decided to paint it in a striking red colour that unites the different areas within the space.
The fusion of Japanese and Brazilian cuisines introduced an interesting challenge in the design of the restaurant, a challenge based on the search of shared singularities between two cultures, antagonistic at first sight: quiet and minimalist the Japanese, lush and bustling the Brazilian. From the beginning, the idea of creating a landscape became the leitmotif of the project, since nature is a very important element in both cultures. The Ikebana, the traditional Japanese floral art to which the name of the restaurant refers, arranges small static compositions that simulate a movement and look for the right proportion, composition and balance between three elements: wood, leaves and flowers or colour. The restaurant design is based on these principles, seeking to create an artificial landscape in constant motion composed of natural and noble materials.
The objective of Andina Notting Hill was to celebrate the uniqueness and authenticity of Peru. The design creative process started with a trip to dive into the Andean culture and get inspired by colours, flavours, traditions and most of all by Picanterias, the restaurant at the heart of communities across the Andes. The Restaurant echoes the most traditional Peruvian Picanteria. El Equip Creativo proposed an open kitchen with light wood shelves, hanging pots and pans, plants, flowers and a dark orange rustic finish recalling the domestic hearth. Light oak lattices rise from the soft velvet banquette and create a screen on the ceiling, a modern homage to the common wicker of Andean Picanterias.
Based on the premise of ‘a home away from home’ the design translates the idea of daily life and festive spirit of villages in Spain and all around the world. Bellavista del Jardín del Norte, meaning ‘Beautiful View of the Garden in the North’, references to the large garden in the back. This is a surprising oasis in the centre of Barcelona and inspired the name of the restaurant as if it was the name of a small town. The entrance greets guests with thousands of hanging flowers reminiscent of flower feasts.
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