Posts filed under hospitality design

Kissa Tanto, Vancouver Canada - Ste Marie

"A Japanese-Italian restaurant in Chinatown modelled after the jazu kissa of Japan. Inspired by the vanishing jazz cafés of the 1960s to which a distinct sub-culture of jazz record-loving, whiskey-sipping youth would escape, Kissa Tanto strives to transport guests to a different time and place. Taking advantage of the second-storey location, we used the faded Chinatown entryway to foster a feeling of departure and discovery, where guests would ascend the long staircase to stumble upon a dark, eccentric space, seemingly lost in time. Central to the concept was that it be equal parts bar and restaurant while doming the low, high gloss ceiling and bringing the lights onto the wall at eye level helped to evoke a parlor feel. Pink vinyl banquettes, tilework based off Haruki Murakami book covers, typographic art taken from a Kenji Miyazawa poem, and touches of Italian modernist Gio Ponti all coalesce in a social hangout that’s romantic, interesting—perhaps even a bit strange—but wholly singular: a direct counterpoint to the fast-casual, light and airy restaurants that currently dominate the Pacific Northwest." - ste marie

Treves & Hyde, Whitechapel London UK - Grzywinski+Pons

"Treves & Hyde is a new restaurant and bar that we designed near Whitechapel in East London. The environment is intended to accommodate both formal and casual occupation, staying open for interstitial use between meal service. It was also important to us and our client that the space could function without compromise from early morning through late night while maintaining its functional variability. So we provided ample and flexible seating, power points and areas geared equally towards both privacy and the happenstance run-ins increasingly found in modern workspaces or a cafe. We postulated that while guests might feel comfortable working or socializing in a space seemingly appropriate for dining, they could feel less at ease dining in an environment geared towards co-working. Accordingly the aesthetic typology is unabashedly that of a restaurant. The space is heavily glazed and washed in sunlight throughout the day so we were conscious of creating texture and relief in many of the surfaces while mixing materials with a sheen or luster and those that were soft and matte to augment the kinetic quality of the light while providing comfort. We designed the restaurant to be as warm, welcoming and happy (and even appetizing) at night as it is during the day, and created the joinery and furnishings to look better with some wear and tear after heavy use. Natural stone, ceramic, brass, timber, concrete and blackened steel feature heavily in a bold but limited palette and we designed in a lot of room to accommodate generous amounts of vegetation in aged terra cotta. Whether enjoying a casual solo breakfast over a laptop, having a cocktail at the bar, or dining formally in a party of eight, our design decisions for Treves & Hyde were predicated on inclusivity and flexibility without concession." - grzywinski+pons

Voyager Espresso, New York USA - Only If Architecture

"Located in a subway concourse in the Financial District, the design proposes a single coherent organization for the space based upon two circles: a counter for the Barista Station (“Mission Control”) and a niche for banquette seating (the “Grotto”). The Barista Station can be read as a positive volume, whereas the Grotto can be read as negative volume excavated from the surrounding walls. In contrast to the artisanal aesthetic of contemporary coffee culture, the coffee shop’s design refers to the namesake spacecraft and scientific approach behind Voyager Espresso. The material palette also seeks to avoid the clichéd language of white tile, reclaimed wood, and exposed Edison bulbs. The walls are clad in OSB, which is transformed through the application of aluminum enamel paint. Work surfaces consist of black marble countertop, which plays off the texture of the walls. Elsewhere, perforated aluminum, copper, and black rubber are used. The cumulative effect is inexpensive yet futuristic. Practically, the layout consolidates the storage and back of house at the rear of the space, and maximizes visibility of Voyager Espresso along its glass storefront to the subway concourse. The layout creates a variety of different social settings for seating; from individual to collective, and from intimate to exposed." - only if architecture

The Budapest Cafe, Chengdu China - Biasol

"Inspired by Wes Anderson’s distinctive visual style and Melbourne’s café culture, our fresh and modern interpretation is defined by design, materiality and brand. The Budapest Café is designed to feel feminine and fun, and layers, elevations and surprising design features encourage customers to explore and physically engage with the space. The concept, colours and details continue through the branding, which is integrated into the design of the café to contribute to the imaginative and evocative space." - biasol

Kento, Valencia Spain - Masquespacio

"In search of a healthier lifestyle Valencian’s entrepreneur Eduardo Hijlkema started to investigate Japanese food. After witnessing the need to offer a high-quality sushi take away with a range of reasonable prices, he started to play with the idea to found Kento. Above counting on the help of Masquespacio for the design he also decided to contact chef Taka Sasaki, well-known youtuber with more than 300.000 followers on her youtube-channel “cocinajaponesa”, a Spanish channel about Japanese cooking. For the interior, Masquespacio got back to the age of traditional Oriental decoration in search of a strong unique identity that could highlight Kento on a highly competitive market. Ana Hernández: “Taking in mind that the kitchen of Kento could evolve in the future, although the first restaurant focusses mainly on sushi, we wanted to create an overall design that offers the possibility to add other types of Oriental food without being related totally to Japan. For this you can find a mix between Japanese elements and an overall Oriental aesthetic through the interior.” Although the past was interpreted, in every moment it has been the aim to create an avant-garde identity. That way we can see that a set of metallic elements, bricks and concrete show an urban and modern aspect, while through wood a touch of warmness is added to the design. The used colors from their part, fusion a funny with serious appearance, adding an ironical joy. To be highlighted is the fact that Kento mainly offers take away food, although a small space inside has been set up to provide the local visitors to take their food immediately inside." - masquespacio

Cutler + Co Fitzroy, Melbourne Australia - If Architecture

"After 8 years at the sharp end of Fitzroy’s vibrant dining scene, Cutler & Co was ripe for a creative makeover to re-engage customers and reignite the senses. Imagine this… Seeing a city skyline and tasting blackberries. Or hearing a violin and feeling a tickling sensation on your left knee. Or thinking Wednesdays are light red. You’d be in good company — amongst the likes of Aphex Twin, Tori Amos, Leonard Bernstein, Mary J Blige, Billy Joel, Kanye West, Robin Hitchcock, David Hockney, Eddie Van Halen and more — who experience what is known as Synesthesia: when senses collide. This notion, the collision of the unexpected, inspired our reinvention of Cutler & Co, a century-old metalworks factory reformed into the epitome of modern dining. Sculptured semicircular booths create quiet intimacy. A light-flooded open kitchen displays frenetic activity. Custom-designed contemporary table lighting meets a random collection of junk-shop memorabilia. Knobbly gourds and pumpkins sit alongside elegantly styled bar tables. An elaborately ornate side table, at home in a Versailles drawing room, rests against the raw unfinished factory wall. Think contemporary mixed with antique. Custom-built competing with reclaimed. Curated coalescing with haphazard. A hit-or-miss mix of textures — velvety vs granular, crunchy vs smooth, earthy vs. glossy — that intensifies the experience and keeps patrons coming back for more. The restyled Cutler & Co is all about a celebration of difference. A playful play of opposites. A disruption of the senses. The creative amalgamation of an eclectic collection of elements that shouldn’t work together, but somehow do." - if architecture

Clerkenwell Grind, London UK - Biasol

"The rich heritage architecture of an 1870s warehouse was the backdrop for our eighth collaboration with Grind. The project occupies a prime location in London’s up-and-coming Clerkenwell neighbourhood, alongside some of the city’s next generation of dining venues. For the Grind team, this project represented the next step in the growth of their business, marking their transition from successful coffee and cocktail venues to a full-scale restaurant and bar. From a design perspective, this meant redefining the visual language that we developed for their other locations and building a new flagship for the Grind brand that would set the direction for their future venues – a dynamic new take on the contemporary British dining experience." - biasol

The Penny Drop, Melbourne Australia - We Are Huntly

"An exciting new local for Box Hill residents. At the base of the new Australian Tax Office building, The Penny Drop Café was designed in collaboration with Pop & Pac, playing on the concept of the ‘penny dropping’ from the pockets of the ATO office above. Art deco light fittings and textured surfaces create a friendly and inviting space to start your day, and the large, curved bar makes for a cool place to wait for your morning coffee." - we are huntly

Nanan, Wroclaw Poland - Buck Studio

"Nanan means sweetmeats in French and sweets play the leading role in this signature design of a modern patisserie. The deliberately minimalist interior provides a subtle setting for the protagonists: finely decorated sophisticated cakes and éclairs made with meticulous care. The speciality of this patisserie, the éclair, has inspired the interior design and the visual identity of Nanan. The cake’s oval shape is echoed in the central island counter with display that operates almost like a glass cabinet in a jeweller’s shop. Its positioning provides room for the flow of customers who can choose and admire trays of tempting bijou sweets and small works of the art of confectionary. Eclairs have also inspired the bespoke design of lamps and other details of the interior such as mirrors, door handles, coat hangers and veneer perforation. An éclair motif has naturally lent itself to the patisserie’s visual identification. The whole place is given a context of soft, velvet, pink walls with arched doorways. Combined with delicate shining brass details it builds a rather surreal ambience of a dream world." - buck studio

Small Fry, Adelaide South Australia - Sans Arc Studio

"Small Fry Seafood is an off-beat, inner city fish and chipper with a Japanese twist. This casual venue brings warmth and homeliness to an old, concrete-filled environment. The design draws upon nostalgic 'fish shop' vibes but re-frames them in a modern, textural, immersive space." - sans arc studio