The Shortlist of entries for the Annual Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2016 has been announced, and as usual its a great collection of what’s new in gastronomic spaces around the World. So here, I am showing you my first batch of faves. The ceremony will be will be held at London’s Old Truman Brewery on the 29th September 2016.
The collection above all have a super casual and airy vibe with lots of fresh colour, greenery, quirky details and heaps of light to get the happy juices flowing. Betty’s Burgers (Noosa, Australia) by Paul Kelly is a lively retro beach shack. . . .very Queensland, my family home!
Cafe 27, (Beijing) by Four O Seven and El Moro (Mexico City) by Cadena + Asociados Concept Design are super sun filled with simple, uncluttered finishes palates. Another garden interior at El Pinton Sevile by Lucas & Hernandez – GIL, is a contemporary design contrasted by a heritage Moorish courtyard. And Lastly another Tropical Queenslander with a conservatory theme, (Broadbeach, Australia) by DBI Design, a very sophisticated lush space with a well curated mix of furniture.
A few of the richly textured and warm toned venues caught my eye. Bellboy, Tel Aviv by Alona Eliasi, The German Gymnasium, Kings Cross London by Into Lighting and the infamous Bennelong at Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer recreate or celebrate the richness and grandeur of heritage spaces in different scales.
Saving the sexiest till last. I am always more excited by the slick and contemporary projects that don’t rely on classic appeal or nostalgia. Blue Wave (Barcelona), by El Equipo Creativo with it metal canopy creating dappled light, just right for a marina location. Greenery is adding a natural tropical feel to soften the slick urban design of Bottega (Jakarta, Indonesia) by Einstein & assoc and the deeply funky Burger Boutique Black Kuwait by Basil Al Salem & Freeland Buck.
The black and white sci-fi interior of Flash Club, Bulgaria by Mode is a stunner. Foxglove in Honkers by NC Design & Architecture, Hearthouse in Munich by Thomas Baecker Bettina Kraus Architekten and I Love Paris by India Mahdavi are so uber cool, they deserve a separate post each……when I get time. Himitsu in Atlanta, USA by Design research studio is dark and brooding, and I can’t wait to show more of this.
Images from restaurantandbardesignawards….have a look