We love browsing Pinterest during gloomy winter evenings, and along the way we’ve picked up some pretty great finds. We’ve come across cool geometric bedrooms, designs to inspire, rooms that fit snugly into your roof and eclectic statement lighting. Now we’re heading out of the home and into public spaces, as we highlight our six favourite restaurant designs around the world right now.
Restaurant-cum-art gallery Sketch, situated in the upmarket London district of Mayfair, has a striking, monochrome-pink interior (created by French designer India Mahdavi) that makes the space a cool and feminine take on the classic brasserie. Custom-made bulbous chairs and curvaceous matching banquettes are upholstered in cotton velvet and chic copper details dart around the space too. The ultimate finishing touch? The restaurant staff’s vintage-style uniforms, which were created by fashion designer Richard Nicoll.
A project by the energetic Central Design Studio, Korean restaurant Bibigo in Islington, London, harnesses the creative power emerging from the Hongdae district of Seoul while also paying respect to South Korea’s lengthy design history. Our highlight: a series of tessellated patterned screens that were shipped over from Korea and offer a contemporary take on historical design.
Balanced on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast in Italy, La Sponda is the Michelin-starred restaurant of Le Sirenuse hotel. The romantic dining area brings the outdoors in with bougainvillea that fans up the arched ceilings. Delicate, feminine and unashamedly romantic, this restaurant is luxuriously old-school and we love it.
la parada del mar
Drawing inspiration from Ibiza, Miami and Cuba, Simone Biggs – who is the interior designer for the Harbour House Group – has blended laid-back beach chic with a dose of after-dark allure at La Parada in Camps Bay, Cape Town. Raw wood shutters swing open to reveal panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and an eye-catching pineapple-motif wallpaper from Robin Sprong mimics the tropical atmosphere outside.
pan y pasteles
In the heart of the historic city of Alcalá de Henares near Madrid, local architecture and design firm Ideo Arquitectura has transformed a 150-year-old structure into a colourful, contemporary bakery called Pan y Pasteles. The aged characteristics of the original site are enhanced by a bright pink artistic installation, made up of more than 12 000 wooden sticks, that spreads across the ceiling, hanging above customers as they enjoy the bakery’s tasty tidbits.
the raptor room
Amy Lilley and her partner Danel Maree’s restaurant in Roeland Street, Cape Town, is an essay in playful chic. The Raptor Room is filled with palm-printed walls, neon-pink lights, a variety of dinosaurs and very cool artworks by local creatives. Pastel-pink touches and teal tiles add soft colour, while a multitude of plants transport visitors to a tropical paradise.
Find more innovative restaurant designs on our Pinterest board.