This Divided Spanish Restaurant Is All About Colorful Geometric Tile
In Valencia’s neighborhood of El Cabanyal–El Canyamelarl lies a myriad of architectural inspirations. The historic fishing village along the Mediterranean is filled with quaint huts and vibrant tiled façades, and this year it was named the fourth coolest neighborhood in Europe by The Guardian. We have to agree. Spanish design firm Masquespacio took a lesson from the neighborhood when it came to its latest project, La Sastreria, a split restaurant and bar concept, and designed the spaces with more tile than you could even imagine.
“In Canyamelar-Cabanyal, you can find a lot of workshops from smaller creators as well as some great bars with seafood, but [I enjoy] walking the streets and acknowledging the beautiful façades full of colorful tiles,” says Christopher Penasse, cofounder of Masquespacio.
For La Sastreria, a traditional tapas concept led by chef Sergio Giraldo, it was important to the owners that one side represent the neighborhood, while the other highlight Sergio’s cooking. The bar’s high-top stools are a nod to “tomar la fresca,” as many locals bring plastic chairs outside to talk with neighbors when it’s too hot indoors, while the color palette is an obvious homage to the surrounding architecture with custom-made prints from Masquespacio.
“As the tiles were custom-made, we needed to keep in mind that production would take between 40 and 60 days,” Christopher recalls. “There was a lot of coordination and adaption with the artisans.”
The installation, which took two months for both spaces, includes the local handmade clay and ceramic tiles on the restaurant side. The wave of tile swells toward the kitchen and “centers the attention on Sergio’s dishes,” Christopher says. Upholstered banquettes in a lighter blue-green tone keep the space from seeming dark and heavy and infuse a sense of joy, while the hanging imperfect ceramic pieces, further center the focus on the Valencian cuisine.
For those looking to visit La Sastreria, Christopher and company hope that guests are able to relax and enjoy not only great food but an overall experience where the dishes and environment blend without boundaries.