Masquespacio presents its last project in Valencia for Living Bakkali.

Living Bakkali, like the restaurant’s name expresses is a place to live sensorial experiences both for the palate as well as for the tact and the vision. Inspired by the Middle East the design wishes to take you to the most profound part of the dessert, connecting you with a marvelous environment for many unknown and full of mystery.

Project Name: Masquespacio designs Living
Studio Name:
Arabic architecture

Client: Living Bakkali
Design: Masquespacio

Photography: Sebastian Erras
Surface: 150 m2
Opening: October 2021
Suppliers & Materials:
Construction: Maq
Custom-Made Furniture & Lighting: Design Masquespacio, Local Production

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This way the project initially is presented through a layout of the different areas that recreate small corners like if you were at the fantastic Orient with its lounge seats that invite the different diner groups to relax and connect with each other, while they enjoy the creative dishes from Living Bakkali. At the same time the diner will be curious to discover what the other corners of the place hide, partially revealed through the different windows in the style of Arabic architecture.

A central hall that connects the entrance with the kitchen is guiding you through the space, discovering each of the surroundings of the restaurant, from the more intimate 2-person seating area and the benches for bigger groups till a space that is on a higher level and gives you the opportunity to have a wider view on the restaurant. While the first part of the hall makes you feel as you were walking through a street of ancient houses, the second part takes you through a corridor between curtains that incorporate a private dining room and the bathrooms from the restaurant.

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Talking a little bit more in detail about the forms and materials from Living Bakkali, at every moment organic forms contrast with each other, while an adobe effect is created on walls, floors and ceilings, using 1 unique material for the entire design, executed completely by hand like for the houses from the past that are aimed to be represented here. Above, a more neutral, but slightly contrasting color palette that clearly reminds us to the dessert has been applied. Last but not least, the created lighting effects, aim to highlight the mysterious and beautiful Orient to be discovered.

Hereby, the design for Living Bakkali, is all a tribute to the unknown and marvelous world to be discovered in the East, with special attention for its architecture from the past.

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Masquespacio is an award-winning creative consultancy created in 2010 by Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse. Combining the 2 disciplines of their founders, interior design and marketing, the Spanish design agency creates branding and interior projects through a unique approach that results in fresh and innovative concepts rewarded with a continued international recognition by media specialized in design, fashion and lifestyle trends. They have worked on projects in several countries like Norway, Saudi Arabia, USA, France, Portugal, Germany, Colombia, Cambodia and Spain.

Actually, they are working on different projects in Spain, Saudi Arabia, USA, Germany, Qatar, Italy, France and Austria.

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Awards & nominations

Young Talent of The Year by Elle Deco International – Winner 2020
Young Talent of The Year by Elle Decoration Spain – Winner 2020
Interior Designer of The Year by T Magazine Spain – The New York Times – Winner 2019
Design Summit Nomination “Best Updater” by Architectural Digest Germany – 2018
Inside Award “Best Hotel” The Student Hotel Barcelona – Winner 2018
Hospitality Design Nomination “Public Spaces / Budget” The Student Hotel Campus Barcelona – Winner to be announced 2018
German Design Award “Interior Architecture” Albabel restaurant 2017 – Winner
Hospitality Design Award “Guestroom Economy” Valencia Lounge Hostel – Winner 2017
Hospitality Design Nomination “Casual Restaurant” Hikari Yakitori Bar 2017
Wallpaper Design Award “Best Speckle” Obloha lamp redesign for RACO – Winner 2017
Massimo Dutti “New Values” by Architectural Digest Spain – Winner 2016
Wave of the Future Award by Hospitality Design Magazine – Winner 2016
Red Dot Design Award – Telling Tales LZF Lamps Corporate Campaign Winner 2016
Good Design Award – Telling Tales LZF Lamps Communication Campaign 2016
Hospitality Design Nomination – Best Upscale Restaurant 2016 Nozomi Sushi Bar
Restaurant & Bar Design Nomination – Best Europe Restaurant 2015 Nozomi Sushi Bar
WAN Awards Emergent Studio – Longlist 2015
PAD Colombia Gold – Interior Architecture Winner 2014
German Design Award Nomination – 2Day Languages 2014
International Chinese Media Award Nomination – Kessalao Germany 2014
Best of Archilovers 2015 – Nozomi Sushi Bar 2015
Best of Archilovers 2015 – Academia Altimira 2015
Design & Design Award Winner – Several projects (21 awards)


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