This is the perfect example of how creative you can be when you have a client who is open minded to new ideas. When a receptive attitude is present budget doesn’t matter. In this particular project the budget was low, but the expectations were high. An unusual concept was expected, and there it was.
The architect ,Francesco Gatti, proposed for the project ZEBAR, a caved space with vertical slices continuing in 2D on the floors derived from images from the digital world.
The construction for this concept was fast and was almost finished in a couple of months, what was sad though is that it remained closed for 3 years because the owners did not really know what to do with the space or how to run it.
This beautiful and well designed night club is located at the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, which I posted about in detail before. The resort already has breathtaking architecture, this venue is the first nightclub by the legendary Capriani and designed by Orbit Design Studio (Bangkok, London and Singapore). Orbit have made use of all design attributes of the luxurious hotel and transferred them to the interior of this lavish nightclub.
Designed by to keep up with today’s pace and trends, the new German restaurant chain: Holyfields allows clients to experience fun for a reasonable price. Their concept was derived from the fact that they didn’t want people wasting their breaks waiting in line, on the contrary their aim was to facilitate their experience by using sophisticated technology to process their meal orders in order to spend as much time at the comfort of their seat.
Twister is a restaurant that opened last month in Kiev, Ukraine, designed by Sergey Makhno and Vasily Butenko. The sculptural elements in their design are fabulous, the dropping lighting suspensions and continuous curves give a beautiful whimsical effect probably with the purpose of translating the name into the interior.
Shortlisted in the ‘International Bar’ of the year category in the Restaurant & Bar awards 2011, Tazmania Ballroom has been making a splash in Hong Kong nightlife. Designed by World renowned British designer Tom Dixon, the venue incorporates numerous copper shades suspended from the high ceiling and gold plated pool tables, both elements that make up the main concept.
Many of the furniture and pieces used were designed by Tom Dixon himself. The gold, black, dim mood, and diamond like walls are all part of the luxurious mood the owner wanted for the space.
The trend of the “back to nature” look is prevailing in every design domain, thus you will notice how interiors have picked up the look a couple years back and developing towards the more laid back image year after year. Almost all fabric companies have introduced linen as the major background for their patterns. You will notice in “The Folly” located in London how natural and cozy the whole setting is. The concept behind it is allowing their customers to dine in a garden atmosphere away from the city’s hustle & bustle, with a creative combination of various aesthetical elements. The diversity in seating choices, lighting fixtures, actual trees, parquet flooring are what distinguish the design aspect of this restaurant.
The Folly, Drake & Morgan’s fourth bar, follows the success of the refinery, Drake & Morgan’s first bar in Southwark, which opened in September 2008, and The Parlour, which opened in the City in October 2009. Drake & Morgan were established in February 2008 and are looking to open their fifth bar in 2011.
Mash is an interesting concept in Stuttgart, Germany which serves as a café by day, restaurant for lunch and dinner, and a club by night designed by local architects Ippolito Fleitz.
The bar divides the elongated room into three clearly differentiated zones that can be used individually. Each of these zones can be further subdivided by means of string curtains. The main area can therefore be rescaled and redesigned at will according to the type and size of event, without ever losing its intimate feel.
Austrian chef Kurt Gutenbrunner opened his newest restaurant inside Swarovski’s 5,000-square-foot concept store in Soho last November. Café Kristall spread across two floors , is suitable for entertaining clients or small groups and is now available for rental for private events.
Clean and modern, the site has high ceilings, sleek beige furnishings, and white walls embellished with patterns made with Swarovski crystals. The dining room seats 24 in an open, airy space with a nine-seat bar. Downstairs, black-and-white photographs of stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe decorate the walls of the lounge, which doubles as an event space, holding as many as 60 for receptions. Groups of as many as 100 can buy out both floors; no rental fee is required, but there is a food and beverage service charge.
Gutenbrunner’s menu covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and includes items like weisswurst with sweet mustard and a warm pretzel, red beet terrine with horseradish mousse and organic greens, and apple strudel.
70 Mercer St., New York, NY 10012
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Some movies are synonymous with their settings, such as “Central Perk” in Friends, and “Monk’s Cafe” in Seinfeld. But the movie where people followed the footsteps of the actresses the most was “Sex and the City”. Almost every girl wants to be in Carrie’s shoes (and closet); the special thing about the locations in this movie is that they are real and not made up sets.The photos in the post are of the Buddakan NYC restaurant, where Carrie and Big had to rehearse for the wedding. Not only do I like this place because it was in Sex and the City, but because it was designed by one of my personal favorite designers, Christian Liaigre.
Where there was once a neighborhood full of slaughterhouses and meat packing plants, the area developed into a trendy spot full of fashion boutiques, top notch restaurants, and designer hotels such as Pastis . The advantage of the lofty industrial warehouses is the ability to create restaurants with tremendous scale. Named one of “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” by Travel + Leisure magazine, Buddakan has attracted an all-star clientele with its Modern Asian cuisine and dramatic atmosphere. It cost around $14,000,000 for an area of 1486 sq. m and accommodates up to 320 diners.
To check out a slide show of Sex & the City’s most famous NYC locations click here.
What happens when design icon Tom Dixon designs for world famous chef Jamie Oliver(in partnership with New York chef Adam Perry Lang) a restaurant located in a landmark designed by legend architect Jean Nouvel? The result: ” Barbecoa” , one of London’s most desirable and hard to get into restaurants.