Oviedo’s La Palmera del Indiano Restaurant Evokes the Tropics
Asturias-based photographer Érika Anes shot these images of La Palmera del Indiano restaurant on the terrace of Barceló Oviedo Cervantes hotel exclusively for Spain for Design. Situated in the heart of Spain’s elegant northern city of Oviedo, the five-star accommodation, part of the Spanish hotel group Barceló, opened in 2007 in a refurbished early-twentieth-century Indianos townhome. Indianos is a distinctive vernacular architectural style of residences built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Guests enjoy a mix of traditional dishes and nueva cocina avant-garde cooking.
Designed by Studio Madrid in Love, the décor evokes the colonial-style evident in the former homes of Indianos, Asturians that emigrated to the Americas where they became financially successful and, upon their return, built mansions in keeping with their new bourgeoisie status. Incorporating a mix of materials, the lush greenery, rattan pieces, lamps, mirrors, and other decorative elements evoke the tropics.
The colour palette has muted tones that include ivory, cream, red, and blues that bring a casual elegance to the decor. Persian rugs, checked seating upholstery and leaf-motif cushion covers add pattern and depth.
The carved wood ceiling panel is a showstopper, and adds another natural material.
Erika Anes (@erika_anes) has been interested and linked to the arts since childhood, an interest that prompted her to study photography and lighting in Oviedo. In 2014 she started working for Mediadvanced, a multidisciplinary creative agency that develops communication, image, photography, art, marketing, and e-commerce projects. Erika has worked for several Spanish brands and companies in different sectors. A regular contributor to Spain for Design, she continues to develop as a freelance photographer.