This is what it looks like when interior designers have unabashed fun with colours

Madrid – One of the dining options of Hotel Axel, – it literally translates into ‘The Girls, The Boys and The Mannequins’ – is a restaurant characterised by an eclectic use of colour, geometric patterns and bold graphic signage.

Taking inspiration form the popular culture of the Spanish capital’s street life, El Equipo Creativo’s design also references the local character. Paying homage to the large window advertisements in the surrounding classic stores, the interior is decorated with luminous posters featuring attractive commercial names.

Located at the entrance to the hotel in what was formerly the arrival point for horse-drawn carriages, two large, red bars seemingly split the space into two rooms, functioning as buffet tables for breakfast and ‘snack and beer’ bars during the rest of the day. Three small, interconnected rooms in the lower part of the restaurant are each personified by a single colour: red, green or pink.

Although still audacious in colour, the cooler palette and softer materiality of textile walls reference the noble rooms of the palatial home that formerly inhabited the 19th-century building.

This project won the jury prize for at the 2019 St-W Awards, and is featured on our new book on hospitality design, Night Fever 6 – you can buy a copy .

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