Questo sito utilizza cookie, inclusi cookie di terze parti. Alcuni cookie ci aiutano a migliorare la navigazione nel sito, altri sono finalizzati a inviare messaggi pubblicitari mirati. Continuando la navigazione nel sito acconsenti al loro impiego in conformità alla nostra Cookie Policy, che ti invitiamo pertanto a consultare. Accedendo alla nostra Cookie Policy, inoltre, potrai negare il consenso all'installazione dei cookie

Elle Decor Italia

Romola, super-marble restaurant fights against crisis in Madrid

Andres Jaque designs futuristic and intriguing restaurant inspired to old lush cafeterias in Madrid to struggle against Austerity

© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero. Imagen Subliminal

A “marble-made tent in the galaxy”, so architecture studio Andres Jaque describes its latest creation – Romola –, a new futuristic restaurant recently inaugurated in the very heart of Madrid. Set inside a 1946’s former garage, the venue blends cutting-edge technology and experimental design and benefits from large openings at street level. Ceilings reach the incredible height of 5 metres and provide loads of room for the marble bonanza to steal the stage.

Read also → Il nuovo showroom Laufen by Patricia Urquiola a Madrid

© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero. Imagen Subliminal

Promoting quite an unconventional take on interior design, Andres Jaque opted for employing a material as noble as marble and rejected the more austere, overly used hydraulic tiles and red ceramic bricks which have turned increasingly popular in Madrid cafes after the financial crisis hit the country back in 2008. “Down with impersonal, cold and shabby bars that look like mess halls!”:  here’s the motto of such – how to put it – slightly dissident project. The goal? To elevate the past and look straight to the future, without fearing to show off high quality and excellence. 

Read also → La torre di Madrid trasformata in hotel

@ Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero. Imagen Subliminal

Romola is decorated with rare marble types and their stunning textures coming straight from Novelda (Valencia), a district featuring a number of caves and artisan masters which were long forgotten until Andres Jaque got back to trigger a bunch of – now dormant but very popular back in the day – marble caves back to life. Working side by side with well-seasoned craftsmen, the marble slabs were transformed into an actual self-standing tent accommodating the customers’ tables and seats, along with the kitchen. If the use of high-end materials pays homage to the glorious legacy of 20th-century’s traditional cafeterias – meaning sophisticated and posh environments that offered an alternative to the more masculine, typical bars –, this architectural response is also matched with a truly experimental and innovative approach

© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero. Imagen Subliminal

Take advanced technology, which here stands at the core of a compelling, unprecedented engineering system: glass fiber and resin reinforcements are attached to the marble slabs, thus generating articulated anchoring systems that turn the material a sort of “super marble” capable of resisting both compression and traction. 

Read also → Una boutique tra moda, arte e design nel cuore di Madrid

© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero. Imagen Subliminal

By bringing high-end materials back to attention – the same once banned at times of Austerity –, designers conceived a playful palette featuring rare-wood panels, leather upholsteries, chrome-plated metal finishes and artisanal varnishes, so popular in the 1960s Golden Age of Madrid cafeterias. The custom-made furniture selection results from the mix of precious materials and masterful craftsmanship, topped by a hint of vibrant colours meant to provide customers with a cheerful, openly anti-crisis, environment.


© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero. Imagen Subliminal



by Elisa Zagaria / 9 January 2018


Interior Decoration collection

[Interior Decoration]

Terrazzo is back!

Short guide to Terrazzo's uses and applications in 2018


[Interior Decoration]

Mixed metals

2018 is synonym with shining contaminations


[Interior Decoration]

Muji Holidays

Il primo hotel del brand giapponese apre a Shenzen il 18 gennaio The first Muji hotel will open in Shenzhen on January 18th


[Interior Decoration]

Cruising in luxury

A Japanese luxury hotel cruising through Seto Inland Sea


[Interior Decoration]

Cocktails, cinema & Modernism

New nightlife destination in Los Angeles pays homage to Viennese Modernism

lounge bar

[Interior Decoration]

Wes Anderson-inspired café

Chengdu café deliberately recalling Wes Anderson’s movie

Lounge bars

[Interior Decoration]

Top 10 retail stores 2017

10 stunning shopping hotspots opened in 2017

top ten

[Interior Decoration]

Time for sage

Colours: the "new neutral" is 2018 top decor trend


[Interior Decoration]

10 best restaurants opened in 2017

10 design restaurants from any corner of the world

ristoranti di design

Hearst Magazines Italia


Pubblicità | Link utili | Cookies policy | privacy policy siti web