Brasserie Zédel

Brasserie Zédel’s bones are nearly 100 years old. The restaurant was originally part of the Regent Palace Hotel, Europe’s largest hotel when it was completed in 1915.


In the ’30s it was given an Art Deco overhaul by architect Oliver Percy Bernard.


Although the interiors suffered plenty of abuse in the years that followed, they have been meticulously repaired and thoughtfully updated by London’s David Collins Studio, while Donald Insall Associates, specialists in historic restorations, rejuvenated the fabrics.


Since opening in the summer, the restaurant has become a runaway success, thanks to its authentic design details and affordable French-brasserie fare. However, don’t just go for the food.


There’s also the Crazy Coqs, an adjoining cabaret and jazz club, and the impressive Bar Américain (shown here). The bar’s graphic motif, repeated on the wall covering, is a streamlined image of an airplane that recalls a more romantic age of travel.


Today the room offers a different kind of trip—time travel to 1930s Paris.



For an intimate dining experience it’s difficult to outdo Atera—a snug restaurant in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood with just 18 seats in its main dining room, most of which surround the bar counter.


The interiors, by Parts and Labor Design, a New York firm started by two AvroKO alums, are a mix of earthy and industrial, with live-edge walnut slabs, handblown glass, concrete, brass, and stainless steel.


It’s an ideal match for chef Matthew Lightner’s experimental culinary approach, which mixes foraged ingredients with inventive cooking techniques.


Downstairs, a study, where Lightner dreams up new dishes, does double duty as a private dining room that can host large parties.


A wall of white subway tile and an industrial-style table and custom-made school chairs strike a utilitarian note, but the room is warmed up with leather club chairs and wire-glass–paneled doors.



Troll Wall

Sited at the foot of the Trollveggen, or Troll Wall, the highest vertical rock face in Europe, the visitor center and cafeteria has a dramatically angular roofline that was inspired by the craggy mountains that surround it.


Designed by Oslo architect Reiulf Ramstad, it’s an eye-opening addition to the pristine parkland. No stranger to working in such picturesque locations, Ramstad has completed a number of breathtaking modernist interventions at Norwegian tourist stops.


The dining area is all about the view. A simple cafeteria offers burgers and other casual meals, and visitors are free to pull up a chair wherever they please.


In good weather, the best seats are on the terrace or the integrated bleachers. But even when precipitation or cool temperatures force people inside, the glass walls and steeply angled roof ensures that the architecture doesn’t impede sight lines to the sky.



La maison 1888

Devised by Bangkok-based designer Bill Bensley as part of the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, the interiors of La Maison 1888 offer a spirited take on French Colonial architecture, focused through a contemporary lens.

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As its name suggests, the restaurant is situated in its own grand “house” on the property. Illuminating the main staircase are pendant lamps made to look like Vietnamese birdcages, complete with the shadows of imaginary feathered friends.


The dining room decor is traditional with a twist, as evidenced by the Louis XVI–style chairs with backs and armrests that have been updated with a fanciful scroll motif.


A high-contrast black-and-white palette grounds the space and sets off leafy green tropical plants. The French Colonial flavor is a perfect match for the cuisine—classic French cooking by chef Michel Roux



The first restaurant outside Spain for renowned Catalonian chef Paco Pérez, 5-cinco is located in the chic new Das Stue hotel.

The hotel inhabits a former Royal Danish embassy built in 1939, and the interior public spaces, designed by Patricia Urquiola, feature stately, sober architecture updated with dramatic contemporary details—including a crocodile head sculpture in the lobby.


If visitors feel compelled to stay awhile, it’s perfectly natural—Das Stue is Danish for “living room.”
5-cinco’s formal dining room doesn’t take itself too seriously.


A haphazard arrangement of copper vessels swarms a cluster of Tom Dixon copper pendant lamps, creating a striking focal point that reflects the energy of chef Pérez’s home country.




At the NoMad hotel, French designer Jacques Garcia has fashioned a restaurant and bar as layered, plush, and richly detailed as a European grand hotel.


Using sumptuous materials and meticulous craftsmanship, Garcia conjured a sense of history and tradition. Step up to the 24-foot-long mahogany bar, which is guarded by carved elephants, and you get the feeling this place is here to stay.


Set apart from the main dining area, the cozy fireplace room offers an intimate escape. The centerpiece is an ornate antique stone mantel imported from a French château.


Finished in deep reds, floral patterns, and with plenty of lush upholstery, the room exudes warmth—even when the fire isn’t roaring.


Ma Cocotte

When you go out, rarely you are doing it just for food. The restaurant, the atmosphere, the people that you are going to socialize with and the purpose of the event.

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A simple meal seems that much more appetizing when paired with appealing furniture, luxurious finishes, and alluring lighting.

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For architects and interior designers, restaurant commissions can be invitations for experimentation. When tasked with creating such statement spaces, a little extra drama or a few theatrical flourishes, which could be too overpowering for a residential dining room, are almost always welcome.

There’s another reason to visit the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, the largest and most famous flea market in Paris, which has nothing to do with negotiating a deal on antique furniture—Ma Cocotte, the bustling new restaurant designed by Philippe Starck.


Featuring a casual, eclectic interior furnished largely with objects Starck sourced from the neighboring Paul Bert and Serpette markets, it’s an ode to a world of intriguing and unusual finds.



Astor Grill

Dining out is rarely just about the food. The scene, the socializing, and the sense of a special event are equally important. When done right, a restaurant’s design enhances all of these elements. A simple meal seems that much more appetizing when paired with appealing furniture, luxurious finishes, and alluring lighting.


For architects and interior designers, restaurant commissions can be invitations for experimentation. When tasked with creating such statement spaces, a little extra drama or a few theatrical flourishes, which could be too overpowering for a residential dining room, are almost always welcome.


Visitors to the Astor Grill at the St. Regis Doha are sure to be amazed. Although the restaurant’s name—a tribute to the hotel chain’s founder, John Jacob Astor IV—conjures images of old New York, the interiors, designed by Rockwell Group Europe, are anything but.


At the entrance, a 16-foot-tall curved sculptural installation, inspired by the work of British artist Tony Cragg, wraps across one wall with a spun-bronze profile that has a cutout niche for a banquette.



Beach Bar, Miami

The restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean fare amongst taverna style worn wooden tables, blue-painted chairs and charming strung bulbs. I really could have moved in to this colourful and exotic enclave.


The setting of all Soho House clubs is important but at the Soho Beach House Miami it defines the experience. Everywhere you look there are lush palms, brilliant light, rustic textures and the most divine blue hues.


Parkview Club

This is a spatial design for a Karaoke club located at the newly opened food & entertainment hub “OCT Bay” in Shenzhen, China. Karaoke or KTV, originated from Japan in 1980’s, is now a dominant form of entertainment in China. However, possibility of redefining the experience of “karaoke singing” is not fully explored. The design strategy of “Music & Art Jamming” is adopted to create new values for this new entertainment establishment by bringing Music & Art activities together.

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Super-imposition & eclectic mix of various Eastern & Western cultural motifs were used to bring sense of imagination / surprise / fun to the customers when they travel along the whole entertainment space. Contrasting styles of Furniture / Lighting / Color / Material / Details were strategically selected to serve functional & aesthetic needs.


Entrance Lobby & Reception Area at 2 different floors, connected through an elegant white spiral staircase, serve as multi-use space which include the functions of waiting area / live performance stage for art promotion events. Customers greeted by super-sized Terracotta Warriors & Human Sculptures will be immersed in the rhythmic gallery-like environment showcasing traditional and contemporary art objects by local artists.


VIP Rooms in intense red & brown colour palettes were catered for mature & young customers respectively. Both decorated in tasteful manners to give vividness yet a home feeling. Ornated chandelier & wall lamp provided atmospheric light & shadow qualities to these private party areas.


Understanding that there are customers who are inherently shy and those who take the karaoke experience as a way of art performance & appreciation they would not have elsewhere, the ParkView Club creates environment that is appealing to elite type of karaoke patrons and provides an environment with cross-programming where people can shed their hesitations and relax.

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