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Around the world, restaurants and bars openings, ignited a fierce debate inside the culinary theme, setting too what dining and drinking experiences can be. So, we decided to feature one-of-a-kind selection of world’s best restaurant interior design ideas with a luxury taste, where the boundaries of restaurant interior decor creativity are higher and set to be the next hospitality trend!
Jean-Georges at the Connaught, London, UK
Acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten recently returned to London to launch an eponymous restaurant interior concept at The Connaught hotel. His return has also signaled a makeover for the hotel, which comes courtesy of interior architect John Heah.
The new restaurant interior design features wall-to-ceiling windows with stained glass designed by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. Representing the stages of the day—from sunrise to sunset—the effect of the glass gives the space a golden glow. The design also showcases The Connaught’s art collection, including pieces by Louise Bourgeois and Sean Scully.
Bullion, Dallas (Texas), USA
With Bullion, his new Dallas restaurant, Michelin-starred chef Bruno Davaillon wants to show that French food doesn’t have to be stuffy, and hopes to create an “elevated yet approachable atmosphere” where he can share his passion for all things French.
Bullion takes its references from gold bullion given its gold-tiled exterior and gold-themed interior by London- and New York-based interior designer Martin Brudnizki.
Nobu downtown New York, USA
David Rockwell’s collaboration with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa began with one small restaurant in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. It was there the duo conceived a design concept inspired by Chef Nobu’s innovative cooking and the culture of the Japanese countryside, where the chef was born and raised. Twenty-three years later, Nobu Tribeca has been closed to make way for a new flagship – Nobu Downtown – set in a landmark building in the Financial District.
Occupying the ground floor and cellar level of the historic building, Nobu’s design connects old and new. The ground floor features a bar, lounge, and informal dining area. An interior landmark, the 4,500 SF space is framed by heroic Botticino marble columns, a 30’ high ceiling, and polished limestone flooring. For the bar and lounge area, Rockwell conceived a design influenced by the Japanese art of calligraphy.
Nobu Downtown, a spacious lounge is set in the soaring neoclassical forest of Botticino marble columns in part of the lobby of the building, a landmark that was erected from 1912 to 1922. In the center is a large, circular bar, faced in backlit onyx, serving drinks, bar food and sushi, under black ribbons of wood meant to represent Japanese calligraphy. Upholstery is inspired by weavings from Japan as well as Peru, where Mr. Matsuhisa once lived and worked.
All’Oro restaurant, Rome, Italy
Shuttered for more than a year, Riccardo di Giacinto’s Michelin-starred spot reopened last spring inside the new H’All Tailor Suite hotel. In the moody new restaurant interior designed by di Giacinto and his wife, Ramona, low ceilings and velvet banquettes in muted jewel tones envelope patrons in warmth.
Curved brass lamps illuminate the tables, spotlighting dishes in a chiaroscuro technique worthy of Caravaggio.
Cold Drinks, San Francisco, California, USA
If you feel slightly unsettled among the velvet divans and concrete tiles at Cold Drinks, that’s the point. Avroko principal Adam Farmerie hopes the moody scotch den inside San Francisco’s mammoth new China Live complex makes you feel “somewhere between a Shanghai film noir and Blade Runner,” he says of the firm’s art deco take on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, which appears in the Ridley Scott film.
For inspiration for the bar’s discreet brass, leather, and lucite aesthetic, the team also trekked to Shanghai, soaking up the sepia-toned energy of the French Concession’s Bar Constellation.
Cracco, Milan, Italy
Housed in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world’s oldest functioning shopping arcade, Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco’s new restaurant forms part of a four-storey food emporium that includes a café, patisserie, wine bar, private lounge, and chocolaterie.
Studio Peregalli took on the renovations of the historic space, sympathetically restoring its 19th-century gilded and mirrored accents and adding contemporary elements—the richly colored floral wallpaper might look wholly modern, but its pattern is actually copied from a 1920s design that the architects discovered during their research. For the restaurant itself, the architects kept the individual rooms from the original layout, creating an intimate setting in each.
The Pool, New York, USA
New York’s glamor rating recently enjoyed a boost with the opening of The Pool seafood restaurant and bar. Housed in the Seagram Building, once home to the Four Seasons restaurant, the original Philip Johnson-designed interiors have been updated by William T Georgis.
Cocktails at the Pool Lounge can be enjoyed around a handmade bar crafted from mother of pearl, while the restaurant—with a menu by chef/partner Rich Torrisi—is designed to showcase a white marble centerpiece pool.
Dubai Opera, Dubai, UAE
A transient spirit pervades Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera. Designed by Sydney-based firms Alexander & Co. and Tribe Studio, the 350-seat bistro’s interior takes its cues from the seafood-heavy menu and the coast of Australia, where its namesake chef has lived for almost 30 years.
The Dubai Opera’s curvaceous architecture extends to the Pearl Bar’s polished marble and sleek lines, the dining area’s arched leather banquettes, and Serge Mouille floor lamps. Materials evoke the color palette of a vibrant reef, with upholstery in oyster-like hues of gray and cream, furnishings cast in oceanic blue and olive green, and coral-inspired pink accents. Everything comes together under a tiled vaulted ceiling, a nod to Sydney’s own Opera House, but the Down Under patina ends on the rooftop deck, where the desert surroundings and dead-on view of the Burj Khalifa are a stark reintroduction to the U.A.E.
Roman and Williams Guild, New York, USA
Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of hip interior design firm Roman and Williams know a thing or two about creating welcoming interiors. The duo worked on the Ace Hotel in New Orleans and The Standard, Highline hotel and Lafayette restaurant in New York.
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