El Pinton is a Spanish/Tapas restaurant in the heart of Sevilla, next to the Giralda. The beautiful interior of this restaurant is done by architecture firm Lucas y Hernandez-Gil and its architects Cristina Dominguez Lucas and Fernando Hernandez-Gil. They are the same firm that designed the interior of Casaplata, another restaurant in Seville. El Pinton occupies 250 square meters in area and uses traditional architecture and a contemporary style in its design. Walking into the restaurant, you enter a big open courtyard. The Sevillian courtyard incorporates bright colors and lighting to make the ambiance natural and bright.
The courtyard stands out for being different from the interior, so the designers incorporate garden furniture to make a continuous aesthetic flow. The exterior also includes natural plants such as mini cacti and beautiful decor to hide the differences. The tables hold green potted plants that match with green chairs to highlight its garden vibe. All details of El Pinton have a geometrical feel to them. With the straight edges molding and tiles, to the curved edges of the tables and seats. Due to the pandemic, they have added these big circular table dividers to separate the tables in the courtyard, it fits into the aesthetic very nicely.
To create raw textures, the designers take out molds and casts and finish the building with lime mortar. The architects blend natural and artificial light to create an elegant restaurant atmosphere. In order to create a natural mood, they use organic materials like wood and frieze. They use glazes and reflective materials to incorporate natural light.
Similarly, the Piur Restaurant in Valencia, Spain has a very contemporary and geometric theme in its interior. Piur is a fusion restaurant, serving Italian, Mediterranean, and Spanish dishes. The designer for this restaurant is Ana Hernandez of Masquespacio. She also designs interiors for Kaikaya, Kento, and Cuadernos RUBIO. The size of the restaurant is 500 meters and uses a Spanish-inspired design. Hernandez pays tribute to the city’s most important building because Central Market is Valencia’s example of Art Nouveau, the building symbolizes natural and high-quality products.
Piur uses many dark tones in their interior such as dark shades of red and black. These dark shades pair with the tan color you see through the wooden walls and carpet. When walking into Piur, you are greeted with their bar area and as you continue to walk through the restaurant, you see many choices of seating. The restaurant uses booth-style seating throughout. The booths are constructed with lots of curves in them. Some booths even have arches that sit on top. The walls have LED geometric shapes such as triangles and spheres which help light up the dark interior. Similar to El Pinton, Piur uses lots of natural elements such as wood and terracotta tiles. Mainly in the front and back of the restaurant, there are big green plants. With red as their main color, the pops of gold, black, and wooden materials really stand out.
Both El Pinton and Piur create an organic atmosphere through the elements of natural materials as well as plants. The interiors truly show how different and beautiful Spanish design can be.