Toronto's Bar Raval is Inspired by Spanish Art Nouveau Design

By: Meghan Young - Jul 10, 2015
References: thisisbarraval & contemporist
Toronto is a city in which escape is around every corner thanks to its authentic diversity; Bar Raval is one great example of this. The recently completed tapas-styled bar will transport people into a European mind frame. It beautifully embraces Spanish Art Nouveau design, with a modern twist, of course. Founded by celebrated Canadian chef Grant van Gameren alongside mixologists Mike Webster and Robin Goodfellow, Bar Raval is meant to recreate the social and gastronomic culture in northern Spain, but in Canada.

The Contemporist writes, "Bar Raval’s molten quality fosters fluid circulation and close encounters, honouring the spirit of its Spanish pintxo counterparts. Its sculptural aesthetic is also intended to mirror muscle tissue. In fact, it pays direct homage to the tattooed physicality of the three owners."