MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant ‘tomatito’ in Saigon

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MTMDESIGN complements the colorful and exciting design of ‘tomatito’ in Vietnam, as a tribute to traditional Spanish culture. the project marks the third incarnation of an original creation completed in shanghai in 2014. this new restaurant is designed in the style of a relaxed and fun spanish restaurant and tapas bar. located in an existing 1930s townhouse-warehouse in the heart of saigon, the space can accommodate around 100 people in three main areas: living room, dining rooms and bar area.

all pictures from hiroyuki oki

the designer has divided the main dining room with a bold, transparent red cabinet that filters out the views while providing visual anchoring to the entire space. the area is connected to the living room and opens onto the balconies with vintage red blinds. the second dining room is structured around the bar, generating a more relaxed dining experience. the bar is crowned with a neon ‘tomatito’ sign that lights up the room while half-open iron windows give a glimpse of the kitchen.

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon

bar counter with neon sign, angled antique mirrors and custom polka dot cement floor tiles

upon entering, the customer is greeted by a vintage polka dot vespa that doubles as a dj booth. the lounge, located next to the entrance, is decorated with wallpapers personalized by batabasta, vintage artwork from barcelona’s flea markets and neon sculptures in homage to picasso’s bull heads. the cabinet features an original bullfighter’s robe, providing a theatrical backdrop to the main hall. overall, the decor and design play between refined and industrial, vintage and modern, paying homage to the traditional tapas bar and to Spanish culture.

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon
the transparent central cabinet divides the two dining rooms while visually connecting them

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon

reception with vintage polka dot vespa, which doubles as a dj stand

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon
an original bullfighter costume and vintage soda siphons

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon
dining bar with custom “tomatito” neon sign

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon

general view of the restaurant

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon

Iron patio doors with red venetian blinds looking vintage like in old Saigon

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon
banquet display with bullfighting memorabilia and wire mesh bull heads

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon
living room with memorabilia of vintage spanish soccer heroes, exclusive wallpaper design by batabasta

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon
neon bull heads made from picasso homage handlebars and bicycle seat

MTMDESIGN brings a Spanish touch to the design of the restaurant 'tomatito' in Saigon
restaurant plan

project information:

designate: MTMDESIGN

team: max trullas (director), ted zhang (designer), mike beumkes (project manager)

site: 171 calmette, phường nguyễn thái bìn, quận 1, hồ chí minh 712290, vietnam

Region: 350 m²

project year: 2018

pictures: hiroyuki oki

designboom received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘, where we invite our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

edited by: lynne myers | design boom


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