Dining inside restaurants is forbidden again while covid numbers skyrocket and temperatures drop here in Ottawa which means you can wear many layers and dine under a tent surrounded by heat lamps, order in or cook your own damn dinner. It’s been a while since I dined in a restaurant and I’m fairly certain I have never dined inside one that was decorated in steampunk style and I really dig this one, located in a traditional terrace house on Kaohsiung city, Taiwan, and designed by HAO Design. Via Yatzer (photos: Hey!Cheese)
I am always in awe of the meticulousness and playfulness of design firm Kingston Lafferty Design and this restaurant in Dublin is no exception. Tasked with the challenge to transform an empty shell retail unit into a restaurant, café and takeaway with a new mezzanine kitchen and bar, KLD were appointed to carry out the interior architecture and design for new Cinnamon restaurant. KLD designed all the light fixtures, reminiscent of oversized lollipops, to the wall cladding, tabletops and built in seating to maintain a bold and toy-like feel throughout. “We wanted to create a light-hearted and childlike space with an element of escapism.” Soft pastels are heightened with textural changes from soft leathers, glistening tiles and high gloss lacquered surfaces. The colour palette was kept deliberately simple and repetitive so that it visually connects. Mirror was incorporated in various ways to echo the full height dramatic glazing and bring in the natural light.
Photos: Ruth Maria
As of this past Friday, we Ontarians are able to once again eat inside a restaurant, bar etc, go to a gym and pretty much anywhere we used to pre-pandemic (but of course, wearing masks where possible indoors, and often is the law). Several of my favourite shops and restaurants choose to be cautious and are open by appointment only or continue to only offer takeout or patio only. If enjoying some time in a restaurant, bar or café were as simple as it was a few months ago, any of these beautiful spaces designed by Paris-based firm Laplace would be ideal.
I sometimes feel the industrial interior trend has been completely overdone. But every once in a while a project catches my eye and I realize I still appreciate the moodiness and reusability of this style. Such as Pallet restaurant in Salt Lake City designed a few years ago by the consistently awesome cityhomeCOLLECTIVE. I’d LOVE to enjoy an evening here (post-pandemic of course).
Killing Matt Woods was inspired by the mid century modernism and the gardens and architecture of Palm Springs when designing The Rooftop bar at the Quarryman’s Hotel in Pyrmont, NSW, Australia. “The Rooftop” aims to attract the diverse crowds which populate the many creative offices & aims to attract the diverse crowds which populate the many creative offices & studio spaces within the Pyrmont peninsula, & hopes to give this City fringe suburbs occupants a genuine alternative environment from which to dance the night away. The circles that repeat throughout the space and the reclaimed multi-coloured timber floor make this eye-catching and really special.
Photography: Dave Wheeler