The VXLAB team is mad about design, sure. But we have other passions and Indian food is, of course, one of them. That's why we fell instantly in love with the Tandoor restaurant in Barcelona. Their approach to the Indian culture and aesthetic has nothing to do with the usual misconception of colourful, golden, horror vacui decorations. They say that the interior design is inspired in the restaurant menu, which is described as "local Indian food", because it is inspired in India but set in Barcelona, always offering fresh seasonal ingredients of the region.
This project arose because Ivan Surinder, the young mentor of Albert Adrià, and his mother Poonam Chitra wanted to remodel the family restaurant. Tandoor restaurant was opened in 1996 by Surinder’s father, Oberoi Surinder. The proposed changes included completely updating the premises to reflect the traditional Indian establishment’s originality and modernity.
The esthetic was based on a folk-style India, the India of the people. The bars recall street food carts, the walls are worn, stamped sheet metal is used as partitions, while woodwork is finished with textured tin coatings and splashes of color come in the form of electrical cables and bright wall coverings.
Images from Tandoor