Real talk: a good restaurant is nothing without good food, but a great restaurant is nothing without awesome decor. So take a look at your new favourite hangs. We dare even the most self disciplined social media users to resist ‘gramming these spaces.
Bar Botanique || Amsterdam, Holland
Design Note: A tropical addition to the restaurant scene in Amsterdam East – Bar Botanique, designed by Studio Modijefsky is filled with tropical plants and rich green surfaces that makes you feel like you are dining in a rainforest. Even the mirrors and geometric rings suspended from the ceiling are hung in clever way to reflect light and emulate rays of sun spilling through the trees. Beautiful pops of colour are peppered throughout the space, from the bright blue stools to the custom made copper coffee machine.
The Jane Restaurant || Antwerpt, Belgium
Design Note: Fine dining meets rock and roll in this former military hospital chapel which has been transformed by Piet Boon into a stunning contemporary restaurant. Original features such as the pottery tile floors, peeling paintwork and stained glass windows are combined with modern elements like the stunning sculptural chandelier made of steel and hand-blown crystal glass. And let’s not forget to mention the unique kitchen which occupies the original altar like a modern shrine and allows diners to witness the chefs in action.
Nacrée Restaurant || Tokyo, Japan
Design Note: This dream like French restaurant in the heart of Tokyo is a whimsical and masterful design by Kengo Kuma. The walls of the restaurant are wrapped with hundreds of acrylic cylinders diffusing light and creating movement through reflections and shadows. The plastic theme doesn’t stop there with hundreds of fake flowers inserted into the tubes achieving an overall feeling of luxurious dining.
Waldeck Bar || Amsterdam, Holland
Design Note: Waldeck Bar, an Art Deco inspired visual feast of colour and texture designed by Framework Studio. Oak and timber are combined with shiny brass, mirrors and patterned carpet. By day – the dusty blue and panelled mirrors make the space feel crisp and sharp. By night – the brass and dark red work together to create a feeling of perfect ambiance for those post-work cocktails.
Ham Sandwich & Champagne Bar || Madrid, Spain
Design Note: Architects Lucas Y Hernández-Gil have cleverly elevated the humble ham sandwich into a gourmet experience. Located in Madrid’s trendy Malasaña, the restaurant and bar serves nothing but killer Jamón sandwiches and high quality champagne. This beautiful 19th Century building has been brought to life with modernist volumes and shapes. The rosy colour scheme and luminous gold accents successfully create a feeling of relaxed sophistication.
Sketch Restaurant || London, UK
Design Note: This London hot spot is famous for its food, art, music and chameleon style. The unique space houses a restaurant, a bar, an art gallery and a patisserie is spread across two expansive floors in a converted 18th Century building in Mayfair. Photos of the pink velvet chairs or egg shaped toilet cubicles are always on the savvy Instagramers check list.
Loulou Restaurant || Copenhagen, Denmark
Design Note: Soft textures and warm lighting work together to create an elegant and welcoming atmosphere at LouLou. Copenhagen Interior Firm, Designers Space prove simplicity works with clean metallic lamps, white tablecloths, velvet furniture and carefully chosen artwork by local artists.
Bar Basquiat || Amsterdam, Holland
Design Note: This space, formerly a local butcher and supermarket, is another brain child of Studio Modijefsky. Located in the heart of East Amsterdam, it has been transformed into an American-style diner. Using clever ways to keep the buildings past alive, the tomato red concrete bar is a reference to the colours of the former butcher shop and a shopping basket is reimagined in the metal mesh product displays. Also inspired by famous American poet and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, they used his scribbled hand writing in neon lights and sketches upon the dining tables. Overall we love that it’s one big textured collage – exposed concrete ceiling, earthy red and pink floor, peeling paint, brass plates and custom vinyl furniture.
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