A gorgeous place to eat when in Barcelona. A powerful mix of exuberance and minimalism, the union between two great cultures, one minimalist and quiet and the other, loud and abundant, both strong and influential meet and create this great fusion of tastes and flavours. Ikibana restaurant is the expression of two cultures that are both very passionate about nature. On one hand, there’s Japan, where the dialogue between the man and the natural ambient is very important and on the other, there’s Brazil, a country that exhales lushness through its landscape. Ikibana is the work of El Equipo Creativo, that managed to design a great place for people who like exploring antagonistic cuisines.
The artificial environment created is overwhelming: imagine wooden stripes reminding of Brazil’s richness spread all over the ceiling and walls, while Japanese decorations embellish the already crowded atmosphere. Despite the fact that is might seem “too much”, the place looks really good and it definitely creates and impact upon who ends up dining here. For certain, you can call Ikibana an unforgettable place and eventually, if it ends up being memorable, it’s all that matters. The name of the restaurant is borrowed from Ikebana, the art of arranging flowers, deeply rooted in the Japanese culture and born out of respect for nature. The restaurant’s design is based on these core principles, seeking to create a space composed of materials, both living and dried.
Don’t worry about making your shelf picture-perfect. Displaying a collection of toys is a simple, eye-catching solution, and the resulting vignette just might double as wall art! Below we see the Radial Wall Shelf from The Land of Nod. To cut down on the cluttered look, try grouping items by color! These Color Bar Ledges from The Land of Nod make the job easy. Use the shelves themselves to create an artful wall vignette, especially if you purchase intriguing pieces like these Shape Shifter Wall Shelves. This Land of Nod hinged metal shelving allows for a range of configurations, from rectangles to arrows. And don’t forget about creative ideas such as placing patterned paper at the back of your shelving to create a vibrant backdrop. These Honeycomb Wall Shelves are styled with shades of turquoise. Do you have any shelf styling tips to share? Leave a comment below.
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.