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 his company “Contemporain Studio”, 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.”

New and old mix in designer’s home

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 scenes 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.

From their 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. Their combination of technical ability, knowledge of design culture, both past and present, and ability to interpret client’s needs is their raison d’ etre. Lazaro is creating rich and beautiful interiors that, although meticulously contrived, carry an air of ‘lived-in’ spontaneity.

Designer’s eclectic home

Office in Barcelona

Restaurant Big Fish – Borne, Barcelona

Oysho Shop, Barcelona

Felix Gourmet Food Shop, Barcelona

Fishop Restaurant, Barcelona

Piscolabis Restaurant, Barcelona


Restaurant Balthazar in Barcelona

Japanese Restaurant Miu in Barcelona

Restaurant Bazaar in Madrid

Restaurant Public in Madrid


Restaurant DOlce Herminia in Barcelona

Restaurant Basilico in Barcelona

Restaurant La Polpa in Barcelona

Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona

Hotel Trias Palamos, Costa Brava

Hotel & Restaurant Market in Barcelona

Hotel Praktik Rambla in Barcelona

Hotel Banys Oriental in Barcelona

Club Bonmont, Barcelona