Ste. Marie uses Spanish references with cheeky twist throughout interior of tapas bar in Vancouver

Ste. Marie uses Spanish references with cheeky twist throughout interior of tapas bar in Vancouver

Como Taperia is a tapas bar and restaurant in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The menu is focused on everything Spanish, but the specialty are small tapas served directly from the custom tapas cases imported from Barcelona and filled with ready-to-eat small bites. The interior was designed by Vancouver-based studio Ste. Marie Art and Design.

“Como Taperia is a nod to the classic, centuries-old, standing-room-only tapas bars in Barcelona’s Poble Sec or Madrid’s La Latina quarters. These spaces are tight, acoustics are loud and you may or may not be offered a place to sit, favouring conversation and community over intimacy and comfort. Our access point to the materiality and colour strategy came from one particular reference, Jardins de les 3 Xemeneies, and its three brick chimneys that backdrop the bustling Poble Sec – the only remains of an early 20th century power station built by the Barcelona Traction, Power and Light Company (a Canadian utility company that operated light and power utilities in Catalonia, Spain) locally known as La Canadiense for the old company’s Canadian electricity production. Opening a tapas bar in Canada, this history acted as a leeway into exploring the vernacular of this neighbourhood, allowing Como to become a contemporary materialization – an homage to all we love about Spain. The rest was an exercise in keeping things simple and fun and letting a few other cool points of inspiration stand out against this backdrop like the punches of cobalt blue reminiscent of Miro and the art program taking Jean Arp’s work as a point of departure. All these elements culminate in an inviting, charming spot to connect with friends and loved ones for a few unfussy snacks and drinks: Arriba, abajo, al centro y adentro!,” says Ste. Marie Art and Design

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Bar
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Bar stools
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Banquette seating
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Detail
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Bathroom
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