Here in Ontario we are back in a state of emergency/stay-at-home order/lockdown #3 so there’s no cute cafés open to go hang out in and eat some avocado toast like this sweet spot, PINKAVO Café in Langley, B.C. designed by studio illa. Love the simplicity of this space and the Cedar and Moss lighting. Happy Sunday, stay home and stay safe!
I’m thankful that restaurants are open again here in Ottawa (except if you’re a family/group of 5, stay home as only tables of 4 allowed) despite our COVID numbers being high (78 new cases yesterday and 3 deaths). I spotted this restaurant called Apollonia in the portfolio of NYC based Space Exploration that opened last year in Williamsburg though google tells me it’s now permanently closed. Not sure if that was due the the pandemic but it’s so heartbreaking to see the effects of it on small businesses. Anyhoo, it was a beauty while it was around. Simple and classic, and I love the repetition of circles and arches.
As I get this post ready it is Saturday night and we’re waiting for our takeout from a restaurant in our neighbourhood – because we are still not able to dine in restaurants here in Ottawa. We try and order in dinner at least once a week to help support these businesses that are really suffering this year. I being able to enjoy a meal in a restaurant, particularly because it was what husband and I would do for the occasional date night. This restaurant in Vienna called Motto is absolutely gorgeous and would be a dream to visit in person. And that outdoor space!!! Designed by Atelier Karasinski.
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