TRIBUTE | Barca's restaurant design by Fantolino

We don't know if we are wise or foolish, because when we go out for a lunch we tend to choose the restaurant for its unique architectonic design (and then we hope that the food will also be good). So, next time we'll travel to Italy, we already know where we'll stop for a meal: at Barca's restaurant in Turin.


Barca’s bar and restaurant was designed by the arquitect Fabio Fantolino and is placed in a Turin building overlooking the 19th Century, in the Borgo Nuovo district.

We can find large full-height windows that overlook the street form, the key element of the concept for Barca’s. That design helps the architect to overcome the challenge of bringing an airy and welcoming feel to that smaller space.


The three-story restaurant is characterised by a consistent design that connects the first two floors. The white tones of the walls and objects interrupt giving way to blue fern wallpaper framed by American walnut wood.

Custom-designed lighting consisting of diagonally cut cylindrical chrome profiles and custom-made tables of different colour laminates and Marcel Breuer side chairs in Alcantara all recall the design of the 1970’s: these furnishing elements contribute to the creation of a warm and relaxed atmosphere. There’s a special focus on sofas and chairs; sea blue velvet, green dry cotton twill and hazel Alcantara alternate, covering all the seats throughout the three floors.


The underground level houses a more intimate and reserved area, where the dark shades of the walls is softened by the red melange tones of the seats. The space is punctuated by blue velvet screens and wooden panels.


Barca’s offers the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of 1970’s West Coast, while dining right in the heart of Turin.


Images: Fabio Fantolino

Photography: Omar Sartor