Lázaro Rosa-Violán describes himself as an ‘urban archaeologist’ and ‘style hunter’. Although he studied the Fine Arts, his ability to conceive interiors is instinctual. His first project (a restaurant) was carried out in the Balearic Island of Ibiza in 1990 and in 2003 he established Contemporain, on the premise that very few bars and restaurants were executed whereby interior design, lighting, ambiance and food worked together to make a coherent whole. “The interior designer is an actor“, he has stated. “He must dress up and change roles, understand new identities and integrate them with his own.”
His ability to re-interpret design icons, culturally-aware sense of aesthetics and technical knowledge has resulted in an impressive portfolio. Rosa-Violán’s mise en scènes create a sense of luxury and timelessness. Every detail, be it furniture, textiles or wall art converge together naturally, resulting in harmonious interiors that stand out for their ease of use and concise visual language.
today’s cluttered marketplace, clear and succinct branding is vital. Unique identities are not achieved by vision alone. With this in mind, Contemporain offers a complete service, from initial concept to revision and implementation of structural changes to your locale to bespoke design and merchandising elements and corporate graphic design. From our studio in Barcelona, Contemporain has created over 40 distinguishing interiors for some of Spain’s most successful restaurants, boutique hotels and retails establishments, from 100-room hostelries to a micro food shop.
Lázaro Rosa-Violán leads Contemporain’s eight-strong team of industrial, interior and graphic designers. Our combination of technical ability, knowledge of design culture (both past and present) and ability to interpret our client’s needs is our raison d’ être. Together, we aim to create rich and beautiful interiors that, although meticulously contrived, carry an air of ‘lived-in’ spontaneity. This, we believe, creates a harmonious setting for our clients’ vision, and, in turn, one that their clients will wish to return to again and again.