Renovated Classic: The talented duo Pilar Libano and Alfons Tost team up at the Circulo Ecuestre restaurant.
Circulo Ecuestre’s new restaurant could neither be too modern nor too classic, but cozy and warm. The new interiors should make all visitors feel comfortable, both long term members and newcomers. And that is how the remodeled space has become “a classic of today” maintaining the club’s exclusive spirit while adding a touch of contemporary elements which create an intimate, welcoming atmosphere.
The project led by Pilar Libano and Alfons Tost draws its inspiration from the classic English and French members clubs, this can be clearly seen in the Boisserie painted green reflecting the company’s colours. This green which is now not only seen in England, but is a colour which has been brought right up-to-date becoming much lighter, thanks in part to well-designed lighting contrasting brass lamps and painted screens with strip lighting and LEDs…
The new restaurant sets out to optimise space with carefully sized tables and interiors. Wicker chairs have been recovered and tastefully upholstered with stone grey covers complementing the general shade of the place.
The result is a comfortable, light, versatile and attractive atmosphere. In just four months, the two interior design studios have teamed up and have taken care of even the tiniest detail. The goal of creating a “home away from home” is more than achieved, yet in a much more comfortable and contemporary setting. More sensations are evoked by the kitchen, led by Chef Philippe Leblay, offering a fine selection of traditional dishes from Catalonia and France.
Balmes, 169 08006 Barcelona Tel. 934 156 000 www.circuloecuestre.es
More about the interior designers:
Pilar Libano is an renowned decorator whit a vast experience. Her most known projects are, among others, Velódromo bar and Salero and Carmelitas restaurants in Barcelona, Antonio Miró boutique in Bilbao, interior design of Nespresso shops, and Miró hotel in Bilbao and Amister and The Urban Suites hotel in Barcelona.Estudio Pilar Libano Rambla Catalunya, 103 ppal B 08008 Barcelona Tel. 932 159 841 www.plibano.com
Alfons Tost (Tortosa, 1966) studied Product Design with Ramon Benedito at Eina. In 1994 he founds Tost, a multitalented design studio and iron furniture manufacturer. In 2008, he founds the Alfons Tost Interiorisme area, where he develops emblematic gastronomic spaces such as Espai Sucre Restaurant i Escola Espai Sucre, Restaurante Santa and Restaurante Santamaría, Montvinic, Fastvinic, Comerç 24 (Barcelona) and AQ in Tarragona.Alfons Tost Interiorisme Passatge Marimón, 7 Tel. +34 93 200 22 65 www.alfonstost.com