Restaurants & Stores
It’s always intriguing when happenstance creates works of wonder. This is precisely what occurred with the modern retail design of the Grand Café Wenneker located in Schiedam, South Holland. Studio Bertjan Pot was commissioned to design the industrial theater-café’s lighting when two distinct materials arrived at their workshop and seemed to fuse into a singular creative entity. Rotterdram-based firm, Con’Fetti was responsible for the interiors.
The installation, “Stairway to Heaven”, is in essence a basic work ladder clad with a set of LED-carnival lights, which were actually destined for a whole other project. Instead, the artist merged the two elements to form a series of upside-down illuminated ladders for the mixed-use space.
Posted by Suzanne at 22 October, 2013
Many times restaurants present a culinary-type journey. Though there are times when the actual design is just as enticing, such as in El Marcao restaurant in Pamplona, Spain. Created by Vaillo + Irigaray Estudio, this two-level modern restaurant design embodies an intoxicating vibe–and a most unusual lighting concept.
From the street view, a pink-and-white logo sign designates the restaurant rather discreetly. Upon stepping inside, guests reach the first floor where there is an actual market. Taking a turn and descending the stairs into the basement level, is where the minimalistic wonder takes place.
Posted by Suzanne at 16 October, 2013
Méjico Restaurant & Bar in Sydney, Australia portrays unique interiors by Juicy Design. Not anywhere in the restaurant is a flat-out show of a Mexican flag or papered piñata. Instead, the modern design of this trendy space is unthemed with a striking composition of modern graphics, bold hues and earthy materials.
An immediate stand-out are the concrete walls and exposed brickwork, both featuring mesmerizing hand-painted designs in inky black that could be attributed to ancient Mexican culture–do we spot a touch of Aztec inspiration?
Posted by Suzanne at 15 October, 2013
In this day and age, the word “gaming” has come to mean a term devout techies spill on an hourly basis as they sweat, play and prevail with worldwide, online competitors. Triopton Architects of Athens, Greece has reverted back to the more retro idea of the classic board game and designed Alaloum Café a modern retail space just outside of the city, brimming with competitive fun and whimsical plays on design.
With just over 1700 square feet, this two-story entertainment destination is filled with oversize replications of brightly-numbered checkered boards, fanciful game pieces, quirky paintings and enough color to create an indoor rainbow. The entire playful aesthetic envelops the visitor in a fantastical board-game world.
Posted by Suzanne at 11 October, 2013
Designed by the firm Baranowitz Kronenberg Architecture, Pastel at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art portrays modern restaurant design, airy and sculptural, while sumptuously draped in rich burgundy hues.
Located in the new extension of the museum, there is an immediate recognition of the geometric architecture which beautifully parallels that of the building itself. White panels were arranged geometrically, forming flat planes across the volume ceilings. Creating dimension and shape within the vast space, these white-on-white forms play a dramatic opposite to the deep wine elements such as the buttery leather seating and stunning marble tabletops. Dark chocolate brown tables also add striking contrast, while the raised platform dining area is clad with a herringbone-patterned wood flooring of the same elegant tone. In the main areas, a smooth stone flooring finishes the sophisticated look of this modern dining room interior.
Posted by Suzanne at 9 October, 2013
At the core of the 2013 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar was designed by HASSEL. The modern retail design of this outdoor eco-exhibit was configured in Melbourne’s popular Queensbridge Square and integrated into the city’s massive Red Stair amphitheater.
Resembling a coffee farm, pallets upon pallets of 125 seedlings were shipped in from a retired plantation in New South Wales and organically arranged across the various levels of steps and terrace landings. Tropical plants and trees were also injected into the program, creating an urban jungle to be discovered by city dwellers as they walked along this pedestrian plaza on the Yarra River.
Posted by Suzanne at 8 October, 2013
Once inside the new Starbucks store in Amsterdam’s floating flower market, one wouldn’t recognize it as belonging to the coffee mega-concept. With a modern retail design created by Starbucks’ internal design team, the interiors evoke iconic Amsterdam culture with florals, marble, concrete and wood representing materials found in the market as well as the canal houses.
It’s quite refreshing to see how a global brand is redefining its interior design approach to be more reflective of the individual city where a store resides. In this particular case, the veined green marble and glazed white tiles are found within the many vintage floral shops and houses along the waterway. A white sink by the condiments bar is not only unusual, but in this case becomes a clever idea (coffee dumping anyone?) inspired by basins found in floral shops along the market.
Industrial black-shaded metal pendants illuminate the elongated marble service counter, while the arrangement of green glass, flower-filled jars behind it creates a charming contrast. A flat-walled glazed case displays a selection of the store’s food and sweets offerings which remain consistent with the company’s worldwide stores.
Distressed wooden tables and chairs are neatly arranged along an opposite wall which reveals rustic brickwork. A rear wall depicts a spotlighted botanical artwork of the coffee plant, and becomes the focal point of this cozy store. The entire interior space is bright and cheery, awash in hues of verdant greens and earthy browns making for an organic visual experience.
With a modern retail design that strays from the cookie-cutter corporate aesthetic, Starbucks in Amsterdam’s flower market is a treat for both tourists and locals alike.(via)
Posted by Suzanne at 7 October, 2013