Restaurants & Stores
Beautiful mixture of grey and f bright colours used in this Norwegian hairsalon designed by Oslo located studio Inne Design.
“Shielded from the grimy clutter of the coty centre by Royal Palace Park, Oslo’s Majorstuen neighbourhood features a trendy retail area that rivals the shopping streets of larger European metropolises in terms of grandeur and style. Boutique bars selling limited-run microbrewery beverages rub elbows with vibrant Scandinavian design outlets such as Hay and Acne. Stores and cafes bubbling with bold, youthful verve apparently please even the more conservative passers-by, who find both old and new in an eye-catching hair salon that recently splashed onto this attractive inner-city canvas.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 10 March, 2014
SPAR supermarket is not your grandmother’s grocery store. Located in the MOM Park mall in Budapest, Hungary, SPAR features innovative modern retail design by edgy firm LAB5. Sticking to a palette of warm woods and soothing greys, the shopping experience here is rather extraordinary.
With various market segments to tackle, the designers sought to create three distinctive areas within the floor plan. One is destined for the quick in-and-out consumer, the other for the brief trip (just need a few things!) to the longer, weekend shopper. As such, various zones were specially designed to provide ease no matter what the purpose of the customer’s trip.
Posted by Suzanne at 22 January, 2014
How cool–and rare–is it when you walk into a shop or restaurant and you feel happily at home? This is the vibe of renowned interior designer, Jaime Beriestain’s new Concept Store and Café in Barcelona, Spain. With about 5,300 square feet the modern-vintage restaurant and retail space is divided between a store and an 80-seat restaurant and bar.
Drawing from his native Chilean roots, Beriestain collaborated with his chef on the Café menu to feature dishes which are near and dear to him, those which he personally serves to friends at home. Luxe accents like black marble tables and glamorous Italian crystal chandeliers from the 60s play well the rustic farm tables and distressed, spackled concrete walls–amazing design insight!
Posted by Suzanne at 13 January, 2014
Since 2006, FIKA [fee:kah] has been serving New York City its incredible coffees, locally-sourced produce for breakfast and lunch, as well as handmade pastries and sinful chocolates. With several locations throughout Manhattan–including its own chocolate factory in Tribeca–this gourmet concept was founded by Lars Åkerlund whose own “coffee-centric” lifestyle served as inspiration.
FIKA serves breakfast, lunch and, of course, a variety of espresso and coffee beverages which are only brewed with the finest 100% Arabica beans originating in Brazil, El Salvador and Ethiopia. The menu is comprised of fresh finds sourced from nearby farms, while the traditional Swedish baked goodies include pastries, cookies and cakes made by Fine Pastry Chef Maria Östeberg at their on-site bakery on Pearl Street.
May we please discuss the chocolate for a moment? Truffles, candy, spreads and nuts are all lusciously wrapped in decadence by FIKA’s Master Chocolatier Håkan Mårtensson. Imagine chocolate truffles infused with goat cheese, cinnamon tabasco, burnt caramel and cactus lychee to name a few. This gourmet shop goes beyond the basic candy bar and features their signature, hand-crafted skull-shaped chocolates–so sweetly sinister!
To indulge in these mouthwatering treats and delectable foods, one can personally visit a shop or go online where the chocolates, coffees, spreads, butters, and gift tins and packages are available for purchase–no trip to New York City necessary…(although we do like any excuse to go there!)
FIKA caters everything from breakfast to dinner and anything in between. They even offer to rent out their chocolate factory for special events and gatherings. Customized corporate and specialty gifts are also part of their personalized service.
With New York savvy paired with Swedish heritage, FIKA is making its mark in the gourmet world one scrumptious little shop at a time.
Posted by Suzanne at 7 January, 2014
A transformed nightclub venue in Melbourne’s CBD (Central Business District), Tonka was envisioned by Techné Architects and injected with modern hospitality design highlighted by a dramatic installation.
An exterior red brick wall of this Indian restaurant and bar features dashes of graffiti (which looks quite authentic!), framed posters, with a couple of photographs depicting Tonka’s logo which designate its entrance. A large set of steel-framed glass doors open directly into the bar area. Ceilings are elevated and open creating an inviting spaciousness.
Posted by Suzanne at 6 January, 2014
Restauranteur Gary Rack has a knack for bringing vibrant eateries with delicious cuisine to cities which didn’t know how much they needed such a place until his arrival. Rack’s Fish House and Oyster Bar is on a bustling corner in downtown Delray Beach, Florida and serves up a New England-meets-New Orleans menu. The modern restaurant was designed by Karen Hanlon Design and evokes an easygoing, yet upscale ambiance which spills out onto the sidewalk for a see-and-be-seen experience.
While almost all of the restaurants in Delray feature an outdoor dining terrace, Rack’s takes it to the next level with bright red upholstered leather booths which offer much more comfortable seating than the requisite cafe-type tables. This dining zone sits underneath the large neon sign designating the restaurant and features vintage-type dome metal sconces for lighting.
Posted by Suzanne at 2 January, 2014
If you don’t catch a glimpse of the siren logo, you may forget you’re in a coffee chain once you step inside Starbucks at the corner of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Situated in the French Quarter, this store evokes the city’s culture, history and eclectic energy.
Carrying through with Starbucks’ effort to create modern retail design which fits well within a given neighborhood location, these interiors are reminiscent of a merchant’s place circa the early 1900s. The front room greets customers with layers of custom wood and glass displays housing all of the typical coffee concept’s goodies, sandwiches and beverages.
Posted by Suzanne at 19 December, 2013