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Restaurant Jaleo in Washington, DC by Capella Garcia Arquitectura

 
November 8th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Capella Garcia Arquitectura

Jaleois a Spanish word that means shindig, fun, racket, hubbub… It’s something positive, festive, good-natured. This is the aim behind the interior design of the new restaurant. What’s more the word jaleo starts with the initial letters of the name José Andrés. So the design of Jaleo is a mixture of the festive spirit and the particular personality of its owner, one of the most daring culinary creators on the planet.

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

  • Architects:Capella Garcia Arquitectura
  • Project: Restaurant Jaleo
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Design: Capella Garcia Arquitectura / Juli Capella and Miquel Garcia
  • Collaborator: Lorelay Gazo
  • Local partner: Eric Gronning of ERIC GRONNING ARCHITECTS
  • Jaleo Tapas Bar: by José Andrés
  • Total area: 298 m2 (3,208.69 square feet)
  • Client: José Andrés – Thinkfoodgroup
  • Completion date: August 2012
  • Photographs: Ken Wyner

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

The design of the new Jaleo is inspired by tapas, a traditional Spanish way of eating, which José Andrés updated for this restaurant many years ago. And just as his cooking has adapted to new international tastes, the interior design too has been updated without losing its original spirit. We should recall that tapas originated in Spain, when the tavern-keepers in the 18th century used to tapar—that is, cover—the jugs of wine with a slice of bread to keep dust and insects out and make the wine more agreeable to drink.

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

The proposal of the new Jaleo is varied, like a tapeo, a meal which consists of many delicious little morsel. So several different environments have been created: the first zone, near the entrance, is more informal and alternative, and can be used in a flexible, dynamic way. Another zone is more formal, with traditional tables and little private bays. And there is a more relaxed space to eat around the bar. The three settings and their various corners co-exist in a single, harmonious space, a magic box full of surprises, in a comfortable atmosphere. There’s a taster menu for all palates, where everyone can find their favorite niche.

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

Design from Spain

Is there such a thing as Spanish interior design? Since the 1980s Spain has made a growing contribution to creating a particular style in interior design and decoration; first there were the minimalist “designer bars”, later the neo-Baroque shops, and recently the coolest hotels and restaurants. In Jaleo we want to offer a setting that is authentic, genuine, natural, distinct from that forced sophistication that often cramps the user. We wanted to create an atmosphere that would be pleasant, popular and welcoming, just like the people of Spain. An informal space, with daring colors and shapes, with a streak of craziness and irony, with a touch of Mediterranean surrealism. A medley of artistic elitism and the most easy-going comfort.

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

All the furniture in the restaurant, as well as the lamps, has been created by some of the best Spanish designers of the moment, and made by Spanish producers. They are fresh and original, fruit of an amalgam of the rich Spanish craft tradition and the cutting edge of new industrial design.

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

For the new Jaleo, wooden bead curtains have been specially made in Spain, inspired by the traditional ones found in the countryside, which create a delicate play of light and shade, as well as a characteristic tinkling sound. Also the paving has been specially designed, with a tear-drop pattern in vivid colors, and it has been made using the “hydraulic tile” technique, a very old method used for traditional mosaics, revived here with modern motifs.

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

All-round art

Several works by Spanish artists have been placed in the restaurant. The head of a masked bull, a sculpture by the versatile Mikel Urmeneta, driving force behind the successful brand of clothing and complements Kukuxumusu, presides the space and welcomes you. And three works by Daniel Canogar, representative of the best emerging art of the moment, humanize the space and light it up. You are surrounded by his photographs on large illuminated panels like windows that look out onto a dream-like exterior.

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

So going into Jaleo is to enter a little museum of overflowing creativity, with pieces of great aesthetic quality that reflect the “Spanish way of life” in the heart of Washington. A perfect setting to chat, have fun, eat and drink in good company.

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

Going into Jaleo is like setting out on a journey through new Spanish design, avoiding stereotypes or folklore. It is not a copy or replica of an old-fashioned Spanish restaurant, it is not a reproduction nor an artificial clone, but is committed to 21st century innovation. An avant-garde setting that nonetheless does not renounce its rich Spanish artistic roots, combined here with American reality to bear special, unique fruit. Jaleo is a breath of fresh air, so that long-standing customers can see how their favorite restaurant has improved. And it invites newcomers to get to know one of the most original culinary propositions on earth—neotapas by José Andrés—in a genuinely Spanish, appetizing setting. ¡Buen provecho! — visually and gastronomically!

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

FURNISHINGS

CASUAL RESTAURANT

Multiple table for groups by the window

  • Rectangular wooden table designed and made by Ian Ingersoll
  • 4 GREEN CHAIR model chairs designed by Javier Mariscal and produced by Mobles 114
  • 2 armchairs, model EL, designed by Francesc Rifé and produced by Ziru
  • 2 upholstered benches model TWONE, designed by Francesc Rifé and produced by Ziru
  • Decorative lamp made of little tubes of natural wood, designed by Capella-García Arquitectura

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

Central games area

  • 2 football tables designed by José Andrés for the company RS with figures made by the artist Claudia Codina
  • 12 stools model VESPA CAVALLET designed by Emili Padrós and made by Emiliana Design Studio
  • Lamps model BOOK designed by Martí Guixé and made by Lujan&Sicilia

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

Lower central zone

  • 3 tables model ROCK TABLE designed by Rafa García for Sancal
  • 12 stools model TWONE STOOL designed by Francesc Rifé and made by Ziru
  • Lamps model BOOK designed by Martí Guixé and made by Lujan&Sicilia

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

Multiple table for groups opposite decorative image

  • Rectangular wooden table by Ian Ingersoll
  • 4 GREEN CHAIR model chairs designed by Javier Mariscal and produced by Mobles 114
  • 2 armchairs model NUB CHAIR designed by Patricia Urquiola and made by Andreu World
  • 2 upholstered benches model TWONE designed by Francesc Rifé and made by Ziru

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

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  • Circular table model YULIA designed by Francesc Rifé for Ziru
  • 2 chairs model NUB CHAIR designed by Patricia Urquiola and made by Andreu World
  • Decorative curtain by Kriskadecor
  • Set of lamps model SLIM designed by Jordi Vilardell and made by Vibia

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

Art

  • large-format backlit photograph Enredos Ed.1/3 by Daniel Canogar
  • Bull’s head by Mikel Urmeneta of Kukuxumusu

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

Reception

  • Module like a giant flower-pot made in Weathered Aluminium 600 by Chemetal
  • Lamp model AGATHA designed by Luis Eslava and made by LZF

Surfaces

  • Floor: Drops & tears hydraulic tiles designed by Capella García Arquitectura for Jaleo Washington and made by Huguet (Mallorca)
  • Columns: Natural fiber model Coco akaba Blue Natural by Masvalls
  • Walls: Beech plyboard
  • Ceiling: Acoustic false ceiling color dark gray model Heradesign Fine A2 by Heradesign

FORMAL RESTAURANT

  • Longitudinal curved bench upholstered in Kvadrat fabric, faced in beech laminate and surmounted by a marble-effect translucent glass lamp by 3M
  • Longitudinal curved bench upholstered in Kvadrat fabric, faced in beech laminate and surmounted by a backlit artistic image by Daniel Canogar
  • Linear benches by the exterior windows made in beech and upholstered with a fabric by Fanny Aronsen
  • DADO model tables designed by Estudio Andreu and made by Andreu World
  • TEA CHAIR model chairs designed by Estudi Hac and made by Sancal, upholstered with Kvadrat fabrics of several colors
  • Decorative curtains made with pieces of natural wood by Germanes García
  • Point lighting over the tables behind curtains with SLIM model light sources designed by Jordi Vilardell and made by Vibia

Group table

  • Circular table model EMA designed by Francesc Rifé and made by Ziru
  • Chairs model NUB CHAIR designed by Patricia Urquiola and made by Andreu World
  • Set of SLIM model hanging lamps designed by Jordi Vilardell and made by Vibia

Surfaces

  • Floor: Drops & tears hydraulic tiles designed by Capella García Arquitectura for Jaleo Washington and made by Huguet
  • Columns: Natural fiber model Coco akaba Blue Natural by Masvalls
  • Walls: Beech plyboard
  • Ceiling: Acoustic false ceiling color dark gray model Heradesign Fine A2 by Heradesign

Art

  • Large-format backlit photograph Gravedad Cero 3 by Daniel Canogar

BAR

  • Undulating bench made with TOFFEE model continuous material by Silestone
  • Stools model LOTTUS designed by Liévore Alterr Molina and made by Enea
  • Opposite the bar counter: Natural wood slats by Listone Giordano
  • Over the bar counter: TOFFEE model continuous material by Silestone

Surfaces

  • Floor: Natural wood flooring by Listone Giordano
  • Columns: Painted RAL 7022
  • Side wall painted RAL 7022 and application of TEA model hexagons designed by Estudi Hac and made by Sancal, fixed to the wall and upholstered in Kvadrat fabrics of several colors
  • Ceiling: Acoustic false ceiling color dark gray model Heradesign Fine A2 by Heradesign and application of TEA model hexagons designed by Estudi Hac and made by Sancal, fixed to the ceiling and upholstered in Kvadrat fabrics of several colors

Art

  • Bar front faced with backlit image Jump 1, Ed.1/3 by Daniel Canogar

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