At Lan Kwai Fong’s newest dining establishment, Sal Curioso, diners can share space with a curious mind while enjoying authentic Spanish cuisine, thanks to an intriguing design by Hong Kong-based Italian interior design and architecture firm Stefano Tordiglione Design.
The concept of the design is based on the life personality of the imaginary food inventor and traveller Sal Curioso. Following the chef’s footsteps when creating the concept for the restaurant, Stefano Tordiglione Design sliced the space through the middle to create a distinctive split effect centred around a construct and deconstruct concept. The middle section of the room is accentuated with sophisticated and elegant blue molding panels to create a floating sensation for diners. The bottom and top reflect the imagination and ideas of the Spanish adventurer Sal Curioso, around whom the restaurant is designed and named, while the middle zone in which people sit is where his creations become a reality as diners consume Spanish fare. The contrast of gritty, contemporary concrete with classic panelling gives the eating zone a luxurious feel.
From the bold, cut Spanish tiles of the mosaic bar, in keeping with the overriding construct and deconstruct concept and inspired by Spanish architect Gaudi’s decoration, to the mixed-era furniture including ‘50s chairs and ‘60s banquettes designed by Stefano Tordiglione Design and ‘70s vintage lamps in the chef’s table, the restaurant is a delightful gallimaufry of eras and worlds that come together under one roof. Details are expressive of an imagined journey.