When la folie of blogging and visual inspiration started, j’étais attiré by interior design as I was never more attracted about anything else in my life. And I still am. I have came across Lázaro Violan‘s work so many times and I really love every single incredible decoration project he worked on. He audited classes at the Academy of Fine Arts at the early age of eight, was raised between Bilbao, Madrid and Barcelona and became a master of spaces where décor, lighting, and ambience work together as a coherent whole.
Violan has the incredible ability to mix, modify and reinterpret past and present trends for each new assignment, and considers himself an ‘urban archaeologist’ and ‘style hunter’, merging an eclectic mix of the urban city streets with the serenity of the balearic islands.
Here are three of my favourite spaces by the designer.
Lázaro Rosa-Violán has transformed the iconic 19th-century building and former headquarters of The Cotton Textile Foundation into a stunning hotel. Belle Epoque features such as the cotton flower-shaped chandelier hanging above a sweeping marble staircase that rises to the first-floor reception, century parquet floors, and carved ceilings with modern chandeliers are just a few of the amazing details you will come across in the hotel’s space.
The former bank has been transformed into a cocktail bar and brasserie consisting of four floors (five if you include the basement). The ground floor holds the main bar, two completely different styled restaurants and a separate narrow bar. The decor of the main restaurant is a mélange of styles, part French bistro and part colonial northern Africa: parquet flooring, monochrome geometric ‘illusion’ tiles, dark wood cabinets filled with bottles and candles.
Located in the Marais district in Paris not far from the famed Carreau du Temple, the Les Chouettes restaurant takes residence inside a former jewellery workshop. Residing in a building of Gustave Eiffel-inspired architecture, the immense central area of Les Chouettes is filled with a magic light thanks to an incredible 20m high glass roof.