Five-metre-high wicker baskets hang as lampshades from the ceiling of this Barcelona restaurant.
Named El Japonés@22, the restaurant was designed by Spanish studio Sandra Tarruella Interioristas.
The handwoven baskets are suspended above the wooden tables and chairs and prevent echoes from bouncing off the exposed concrete walls and ceiling.
Different weaves give varying levels of opacity to each of the baskets. Some of these are square in profile, while others are round.
“The tradition of hand-made basketry, used in some Asian cultures such as the Japanese, was reinterpreted using wicker of different shapes and thickness, here used for sound absorption and to provide a sense of comfort and protection to the clients. They all punctually illuminate the tables with a warm light. The design of these lamps was adapted by the artisans, resulting in different forms and heights that add great dynamism and order to the facade. Some of the lamps also have a warm light inside, thus functioning as a great eye-catcher from the outside. The intention that this would be a youthful, dynamic and fresh space is also reflected in the choice of materials. A combination of natural oak flooring, tables and shelves, birch plywood planks, iron, and white Corian provides the necessary balance and neutrality and act as a background for the large wicker lamps.”