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Sabio is one of Singapore’s most vibrant tapas bar. Inspired by the notion of drawing from the Traditional, familiar shapes and form were re interpreted into this tiny space in a traditional Shop House in central Singapore. 

Materiality was of utmost importance. Natural, hand made materials were utilised right through out. Recycled teak timber floors that were source from old houses in Indonesia were loving laid and oiled . There is no plastic replacement though out any of the space. All leather is full grain , full hide leather.

Emma Was inspired on a trip to Seville and was captivated by the bar, Rinconcillo. This small piece of history is considered to be one of the oldest drinking spots in Seville. Founded in 1670 by the De Rueda family,  Seville’s oldest bar first opened in 1670, when the Inquisition was raging and tapas were still just tops you screwed on bottles.

The lighting was also instrumental in shaping the space. Cheeky ironic Antler chandeliers were selected. Superordinate Antler Chandelier

Jason Miller for Roll & Hill. Founded in 2010 by lighting designer Jason Miller, Roll & Hill is a contemporary, high-end lighting manufacturer. Based in New York City they are at the forefront of an American contemporary design movement, working with American and international designers, both emerging and established. The Superordinate Antler Lamps, designed in 2003, have become influential in breaking the rigidness of contemporary modernism and initiating the back-to-nature movement in design.

Tom Dixon designed the beat pendant lights above the bar. Inspired by the sculptural simplicity of brass cooking pots and traditional vessels used in India. Each light is spun and hand-beaten, available in a range of colours and as pendants, floor or table light.

A large degree of shape and form was drawn from Spanish Art Nouveau. The style was based mainly in Catalonia, with its focal point in Barcelona and was an essential element of the Catalan Modernisme. Architect Antoni Gaudí, whose decorative architectural style is so personal that he is sometimes considered as practising an artistic style different from Art Nouveau, nonetheless uses Art Nouveau’s floral and organic forms as in Palau Güell. His designs from about 1903, the Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, are most closely related to the stylistic elements of Art Nouveau. However, famous structures such as the Sagrada Família characteristically contrast the modernising Art Nouveau tendencies with revivalist Neo-Gothic.[35] Besides the dominating presence of Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner also used Art Nouveau in Barcelona in buildings such as the Castell dels Tres Dragons (1888), Palau de la Música Catalana and Casa Lleó Morera Another major modernista was Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who designed the Casa Martí and its Quatre Gats café, the Casimir Casaramona textile factory (now the CaixaFòrum art museum), Casa Macaya,Casa Amatller, the Palau del Baró de Quadras (housing Casa Àsia for 10 years until 2013) and the Casa de les Punxes. Also well-known is Josep Maria Jujol, with houses in Sant Joan Despí , several churches near Tarragona(1918 and 1926) and the sinuous Casa Planells (1924) in Barcelona. A few other major architects working outside of Barcelona were Lluís Muncunill i Parellada, with a magnificent textile factory in Terrassa(Vapor Aymerich, Amat i Jover, now the Science and Technology Museum of Catalonia – Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya)and a “farmhouse”/small manor house called Masia Freixa in the same city; and Cèsar Martinell i Brunet, with his spectacular “wine cathedrals”, housing town cooperative wineries throughout southern and centralCatalonia. A Valencian architect who worked in Catalonia before emigrating to the States was Rafael Guastavino. Attributed to him is the Asland Cement Factory in Castellar de n’Hug, among other buildings.

The mural on the black wall is a digital print on Marine Ply. Anís del Mono (“the monkey’s anisette”) is a popular anís made in Spain and has been produced since 1870. The label, with a monkey holding a scroll and a bottle, was designed by Ramon Casas i Carbó. It is the anisette of choice in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano. Anís Najar is a brand produced in Arequipa (Peru) since 1854, with a very high alcohol content Chinchón is the name of a town identified with “anís” beverages. The different producers joined in “Alcoholera Española. S. A.” It produces different kinds of anise beverages. Anisette is called simply “Chinchón dulce”, i. e. “sweet Chinchón”.

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