This quite possibly is my favourite commercial space I have ever shared here. By Dublin-based Kingston Lafferty Design. Inspired by fascinating Irish history, The Vaults Live is an innovative and theatrical large-scale tourist attraction located in the heart of Dublin City. The Vaults offers a unique and exhilarating tour and experience by taking the visitor on a journey throughout the most scandalous and exciting tales in a stunningly renovated original four-storey Victorian building. The experience includes stunning 360° sets, state of the art lighting, lavish costumes and special effects. We were contacted by the client, The Vaults Live, to design a café parlour and retail space that visitors are brought into at the end of the one-hour experience.
The last set from the tour is with Molly Malone. We wanted to carry on a narrative from that experience and era, opting to create a lavish and indulgent parlour. With influence from the classic parlour room, we studied and researched Irish examples, wallpapers, furniture, fixtures and fittings, textiles and artwork from the Victorian era before seeking to merge the traditional with contrasting sleek, contemporary elements. We designed the suspended ceiling to house rabbit holes appearing to have grasses growing from them. We altered the roof light to create a tunnel effect to the sky and another to have inset mirror reflecting the Alice in Wonderland inspired chequered floor.
Spižírna 1902 is a bistro in Prague designed by Kamil Štajgl and it is where I want to be hanging out today! The space is absolutely beautiful. The architect wanted visitors to feel as though they were snacking in a garden. Mission accomplished! A bonus is that the food on the bistro’s social media (IG / FB) looks delish!
I found a rendering and a before photo on their FB page – this was a serious undertaking!
Photos: Alexander Dobrovodský
It’s Saturday night. What are you doing? I thought you might like to join me for an aperitivo by the sea. Perhaps we’ll stay for dinner. Yes let’s do dinner as well. I know once we get to La Macchia in the Maremma area of Tuscany we won’t want to move on. The design and renovation of this 16th century farmhouse by Milan-based architectural and design studio Quincoces-Dragò & Partners.
I’ll often walk into a homewares or furniture store and start daydreaming about moving in and making it home. Today I want to move into this Sydney bar and restaurant. No not because I like a drink or two … or three. I love the retro highway motel vibe with a touch of Scandi and some cool modern art. I could also hold the best parties every night. Plausible idea? I thought so 😉 Park House by Alexander and Co.
Because there is nothing hotter than the combination of concrete, velvet and black.
With a humble and intimate approach to the interior, Nærvær is formed by a casual atmosphere with small spaces and niches for guests to enjoy. With an interior design defined by an array of stone, wood and metal, the materials are all natural and have deliberately been altered in order to create dark and industrial surfaces that matches the mood of the place. This conscious focus on tactility brings a warm, material richness to the interior that naturally compliments the raw concrete walls and industrial framework of the space. By NORM.ARCHITECTS.