COOL SPACES: LA PARADA IN ROSEBANK
By: Michaela Stehr
The new La Parada in Rosebank by hot new design studio KT Interior is a quirky mix of indoor jungle, Spanish bistro flair and retro metro station – all in one hip spot.
Situated in The Firs centre, the well-known tapas restaurant has various branches across the country, all with a unique vibe – this version being its eighth edition.
KT Interior, headed by Kobus Truter, was the mastermind group behind La Parada’s new restaurant. They’re also the team behind a plethora of other equally striking restaurants, including Egghead Diner – which has recently been shortlisted for the 2022 Restaurant And Bar Design Awards. “I find my inspiration with travelling and social media and working with the entire team to achieve something special for each project,” explains Kobus. “We have a group of various tastes and styles in the office and it assists me to achieve something different. We also work closely with our clients and listen to what they want and like.”
One of the main features of La Parada is the striking tiled green bar that prominently takes space in the centre of the restaurant.
Complimented with black and white checkered tiling, hanging ceiling plants and tropical wallpaper creates an “away from home experience” transporting visitors to a lush oasis of food and drink. “We are always looking at what is trending, what is new and what is happening,” elaborates Kobus. “We more and more evolving design around customer experience and instagramability. Designing spaces and restaurants are not just a practical experience but it should trigger emotion.”