July 19, 2022
A Bao Eatery in Valencia Turns the Nautical Theme on its Head
Rendered in striking tile patterns and semi-circular cutouts that are evocative of the Bao bun’s shape, sky blues and sandy peach helps distinguish between table and countertop setups placed on either side of the main space. Programmed by local creative agency Vitamin Studio, a set-back half-moon screen reconstitutes the different hues and is timed to the general duration of a meal. Above, a layered arrangement of hung, jagged-edged rice paper evokes cloud movement. Behind the central beach staging is a private dining room that can accommodate ten guests. The design juxtaposes sharp formal distillations of natural elements with texture and amorphous finishes.
Reflective of Clap Studio’s unique approach, the outdoor-indoor scheme brings the nearby Balearic Sea coast into the heart of the Spanish metropolis. The practice prides itself on its ability to create experiential environments that truly embody a client’s ethos and drive home their intended messaging. Established in 2017, the small firm adheres to the ideals of simplicity, elegance, and playfulness.
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With projects like The Sea installation developed for the Valencia World Design Capital program earlier this year or the Hilary Tsui’s retail/food HER concept space in Hong Kong, the duo applies the same bespoke yet emphatically graphic approach to design. The use of industrial material in a visually whimsical, yet technically sophisticated manner is emblematic of Montagud and Iranzo’s shared expertise. Though having only practiced for the past five years, Clap Studio has received over ten accolades, including the German Design Award.
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