Located in the Chinatown district of Singapore, Argentinian restaurant Bochinche, meaning “gossip” in Latin American Spanish, and owned by Spa Esprit Group, has been designed by Viewport Studio to offer the traditional European style of a typical Argentine cafe.
On the walls, the designers have hung a series of surreal but contemporary Spanish art in gilt frames, inspired by Argentina’s vibrant street art scene, to help set the tone for the overall dining experience of Bochinche. “We want to embrace the grown-up style of traditional Buenos Aires café culture while also making it playful and accessible,” said Ian Macready, director of Viewport Studio.
To accommodate the bar and restaurant within the narrow space, the team placed a bar counter to the left of the entrance area and used an arrangement of loose tables and chairs to define the main dining area. The restaurant also offers counter seating, allowing diners an uninterrupted view of the kitchen.
The floor throughout features black and white tiles, and overhead, a disparate collection of vintage cherub lights illuminate and add visual interest. Custom-designed bar and kitchen counter stools in racing green line these two areas, while vintage chairs and tables occupy the middle zone of loose furniture. Vintage sideboards and cabinets provide storage and display wines throughout the entire restaurant.