LAH! by ILMIODESIGN
Designed by Ilmiodesign, LAH! Restaurant wants to win the challenge of introducing the South-East Asia through a new, innovative and unique space. The project idea is that of bringing the core of a distant and unknown land with different cultures, customs and religions shaping it in a design which can produce a friendly space, speaking of architectural forms and proportions, to generate intense sensory emotions in the audience.
People communicate through language and writing. It is curious and amazing that in this area of the world people use completely different writing systems according to their historical and cultural influences: Indian, Chinese, Arabic… For this reason, Andrea Spada and Michele Corbani from Ilmiodesign, thought it would have been interesting to work at graphic level on some South-East Asian writing forms, merging them in the project in such an informal way. Their employment represents the soul of the restaurant creating transparency games in the wood panels, where silhouettes have been carved.
You can find Thai, Cambodian and Jawi words ( the latter is the ancient alphabet used in Malaysia and Indonesia) which are distinguishable for their huge aesthetic power.
When we think of Asia, it is not hard to imagine huge paddy fields, wonderful coasts and paradisiacal beaches. All these sceneries can easily be assimilated to the concept of nature. Indeed, the reported landscapes and the daily use of natural elements have always been present in the Asian culture; wood, stone, natural rubber and rattan coexist in everyday environments, apparently chaotic, which in contrast present, on the outside, a peculiar aesthetic image. Therefore, during the design stage, designers thought to use only those materials that could be found in nature in order to communicate these feelings. This is why they have only made use of recyclable materials to develop a distinct architectural awareness and to be consistent with the project.
The space is enriched by particular decorative elements originated from the interpretation of traditional items. For instance, the lamp in the entrance is composed by typical Asian hats, then painted with various colours; bells, which are usually found in the Buddhist templar, are here located in the entrance to welcome the customers, and benches are inspired by the typical Thai pillows in their forms and colours.
The harmonious combination of decorative elements, which resemble traditional items, and cosmopolitan components creates a sort of interplay between simplicity and strong personality. This fusion aims at fulfilling the expectations of the costumer, who will remember this place for its uniqueness.
The outcome of all these ideas is a cosmopolitan, authentic, welcoming, informal and natural place which combines refinement with the oriental culture of the South-East Asia in a huge modern city like Madrid.