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项目 Project

Sakaba Malabar

设计方 Designer


地点 Location

上海 Shanghai

设计范围 Design Scope

室内设计 Interior Design

首席设计师 Lead Designers

Xin Dogterom, Jason Holland

设计团队 Design Team

Amy Yan 严平

年份 Year


面积 Area

402 m2

摄影 Photography

Brian Chua


Malabar 老石库门中的西班牙日式融合餐厅

Renovated Spanish-Japanese fusion restaurant with a contemporary approach

STUDIO DOHO受上海Malabar委托,对餐厅进行了全新的室内设计改造。已经营多年的Malabar希望借此改造契机提升其品牌形象,升级为更加精致、成熟的西班牙日式融合餐厅。
STUDIO DOHO was commissioned to design the new Malabar in Shanghai. The existing bar wanted to reinvent itself as a premium, upscale eatery that focuses on a fusion of Spanish and Japanese cuisine.

“我们希望以当代手法重塑融合派设计,灵感源自老石库门融合派建筑及日式和风繁复朴素的精致图案,同时以西班牙风情的温暖色彩点缀其中。” STUDIO DOHO的主创设计师Xin和Jason谈到。
‘We wanted to keep it a contemporary modern venue with only a subtle reference to Japanese elements. Inspiration comes from the history of the brand and the austere repetitiveness of Japanese patterns, coupled with the warmth and welcoming feeling of Spanish culture,’ said Xin and Jason from STUDIO DOHO.

Project Background



Sakaba Malabar位于上海静安区武定路老石库门建筑沿街,这里也是上海著名的西餐酒吧一条街。它的前身Malabar作为远近闻名的西班牙街头风味酒吧,已经在此经营了9年。主理人希望进行一次彻底的翻新,以提升整体的品质感,打造精致、时髦、又不失亲民的氛围。

Sakaba Malabar is located on the street front of an old Shanghai Shikumen inspired facade on Wuding Road, where a few famous western bars and restaurants have settled for years. The old Malabar, a well-known Spanish street-style restaurant and bar, had been in business for 9 years before deciding to change the concept to more mature version of its previous self. The owner decided to carry out a thorough renovation to create a new, unique concept for the restaurant, that is cool and sophisticated, but still offers a welcoming feeling.



The previous space was a typical bistro street style. Scattered tables and chairs occupy the dining area with a bar located on the side, a very casual vibe that placed more emphasis on the drinks rather than the interior design.

Integrated Custom Elements




With a row of built-in wine cabinets on the left, the arched opening is intended to highlight a curated selection of wines and sake. The arch also softens the industrial feeling of some displays and breaks down the scale of the wall.


西班牙风情的铺砖及色彩元素延续着老 Malabar的基因,用餐区及洗手间的铺地都采用了精致的定制设计图案,而吧台铺地以回纹形的深色木地板区分开来;带着日式和风象征意义的图案在细节处点缀,为餐厅增添了有趣的设计细节。

The Spanish paving and color inherit the DNA of the old Malabar, with patterns symbolic in shape and style integrated with a Japanese twist. A custom designed pattern floor tile was installed in the dining area, while the area around the bar utilizes a dark-toned wood installed with a chevron pattern.



With a brand-new upgraded menu that is more refined and diverse, and the small details that pay tribute to the crew, seem to remind us that the core of a long-standing restaurant is its food and people. We hope to capture the soul by creating the atmosphere with design, giving an experience that ages gracefully.

Integrated Custom Elements

Harmonious and unified custom elements

Optimized Spatial Planning



“原本空间的中央有一个立柱,使空间显得很局促而不灵活,也促使我们重新考量和设计整体的结构和布局;要将所有功能安排在狭小的空间内很有挑战性,但我们和业主紧密地沟通,尽可能最大化地利用每一寸角落,” 主创设计师Xin这样讲到。

‘The existing space had a central column, which dictated the layout of the re-design. It was difficult to fit the full program in the small space, but we worked closely with the owners to optimize every centimeter,’ explained Xin.



To adopt a completely new spatial arrangement, DOHO inserted a U-shaped bar occupying the center and becomes the main social spot and visual focus. The bar accommodates 20 people and gives guests an intimate atmosphere, providing a fun interplay between diners, servers, and the kitchen. The adjacent side accommodates another 20 diners, offering a slightly more private dining environment. The backrest is wrapped in vintage leather to bring a feeling of relaxation and comfort. On the side of the entrance, a small lounge area is also set up for late-night guests have a cozy place to drink and chat.

Sophisticated Material Palette




Despite the strong cultural identity and story of the restaurant, the overall material palette is deliberately more neutral with the contemporary materials such as perforated metal, aged leather, vintage mirror, and glass. The cultural character only plays subtly in the whole design.



Grey bricks on the sidewall of the space creates a neutral backdrop which is overlayed with textures, patterns and graphics. The hollow partition wall is also made of bricks at the back serves as a dark feature and backdrop to the space; the pattern is a reference to traditional Japanese interior dividers.



Mirrors and glass were largely used to make the restaurant feel brighter and more spacious as well as suitable but also serve as a writing surface to promote wine and sake specials, as well as fun messages—a wink to the spirit and vibe of the original Malabar.



Jason elaborated that ‘materiality was a key consideration in the project. This mix of strong materials such as black brick creates a canvas for lighter materials, including leather and glass, to create a level of sophistication.’