Malmö by Borja García: a veggie restaurant with a Nordic character in Valencia.
The first was Copenhagen and now Malmö. The Valencian designers Borja García and Laura Ros continue to bring the Nordic countries to Valencia. The common factor in these restaurants is vegetarian food and a fresh design that transmits Scandinavian values. Whilst the design approach to Copenhagen was more formal, Malmö is more homey and Nordic style cosy.
Read more about Copenhagen in diario DESIGN.
Malmö is situated in the up and coming neighbourhood of Russafa and is similar to Copenhagen in many ways: an abundance of carpentry, neutral tones and clean lines. But this time round, colour has been introduced through the pieces of funiture in order to achieve a warmer atmosphere, without endangering the coherence of the brand.
Borja García and Laura Ros carried out the interior design respecting the unique architecture of the locale (that previously accommodated another restaurant). The designers were faced with a rectangular space that they divided into three, inter-connected sections: reception area, bar and restaurant. The front gate and door is the only point of separation, and they can be opened out to merge the interior with the exterior.
The front threshold and door appears as a ‘black box‘ which breaks rhythm with the carpentry of the bar area and is extended to the exterior of the locale. Amongst the many hard surfaces and industrial finishes in the project, this is the most ‘urban’ one, yet completely serves its purpose as transition between street and restaurant.
The lighting also mixes various solutions and intensities in order to achieve the desired affect. Standout pieces include industrially-finished screens and a theatrical lamp that was also made of industrial elements, both designed by Borja García Studio.
Last but not least, an illustration by the Valencia-based Lawerta sits at the heart of the restaurant. Featuring the words ‘Malmö, grönsaker och vänner’, it is a typographic work that pays homage to the vegetarian cuisine that the restaurant serves.
Photographs: Borja García StudioMalmö C/Sueca, 46 Valencia www.restaurantemalmo.com