Interior Design – Earth, green and pink dominate the Orvay wine bar designed by Isern Serra and Sylvain Carlet in Barcelona, just in front of the 14th century Catalan Gothic Church of Santa Maria del Mar. Divided in three colour zones, the bar welcomes guests into an informal test sophisticated space furnished with designer’s furniture and lighting.
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The concept design makes us of colour to create immersive setting that could become a metaphor to the typology of wines offered. The Earth tone refers to geography of the wine, Green brings you to the vine fields, while Pink evokes the grape, the first ingredient defining the unique flavor of each toast.
“We liked the chromatic relationship that was generated between the three spaces so there is no element that separates them visually, only the forcefulness of the own color in the different materials marks this separation.”
Serra and Carlet removed false ceilings to reveal the original medieval walls and arches. A natural light oak wood floor stains color in the different areas while white marble has been chosen to create the custom designed bar and furniture.
The first area hosting the bar and features and bare walls is dyed in beige, as a metaphor for the Denomination of Origin. This tasting area is made up of three high tables of white marble with a sculptural character, which play with the balance between forcefulness of its massive circular base and the lightness of its envelope.
“As a transversal idea we liked to create these great circles as an abstract concept of the wine world. Thus in this area the circle was materialized in a mirror dyed red where its color reflection is like looking through a glass of red wine.”
The second zone refers to the vineyards, to the different types of vine with which the wines are generated, that is why it is dyed green as a block color. A large black iron tube wine rack stands on the wall next to a large natural oak bench and a large mirror highlighting the medieval arch.
Pink dominates in a smaller and more private area reserved for groups. At the centre, a large wooden table is formed by the pattern of the Hungarian tip board used for the floor. The lighting played a fundamental role to create intimacy at night and add mood throughout the day by drawing neon lines floating in space.
All photos by José Hevia and Salvia Lovez – Courtesy of Isern Serra and Sylvain Carlet.
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