Location // Former French Concession // Shanghai
Area // 599 m2 // 6455 sqft
Samfaina is a Spanish restaurant located in an historical two floor villa on Fuxing Lu, in Shanghai’s Former French Concession. The chef has a wide range of cooking styles, from traditional Catalan to a contemporary expression of Spanish molecular cuisine. We spread this philosophy on to the interior design, branding and collages, creating distinct areas for different dining experiences.
The first floor is dedicated solely to Bar Sifón, it works as a reception area, as well as a holding bar for pre-dinner drinks. We created a welcoming atmosphere using raw materials: terrazzo, blackened steel and matt white marble, along with a whimsical wall collage for a bit of playfulness. A staircase walks the customers to the second floor, hidden behind a white wall that acts as a delineation between the bar and the dining spaces.
The Cellar area is the first space on the second floor. It is set up as the “fine dining” area of the restaurant, where dishes are paired with a wide collection of premium Spanish wines. A blackened steel structure encloses this area to create a more intimate and sophisticated space. The main dining room was divided in two areas; the left side is more contemporary delivering a loft feeling, the terrazzo pavement creates a walkway to the terrace and the pendant lamps enclose the space creating a virtual ceiling. The right side was elevated to create a more private dining area. Wood partitions and soft benches welcome the more classical approach of the chef’s cuisine.
A large terrace welcomes the customers to an al fresco dining experience with hanging strip lights in an atmosphere reminiscent of small Spanish villages in the summertime.