I stumbled upon the portfolio of Paris designer Laura Gonzalez and was mesmerized by all of the drop dead gorgeous restaurants she has designed. There were so many I ended up going through them all and picking a selection of my favourites. This is a restaurant design extravaganza!
La Californie (photos: Didier Delmas)
Sunday dinner at a sexy Italian restaurant? Count me in! Bar M in Sydney, Australia is designed by Jason Mowen and is an an incredible industrial space with tons of exposed bricks (SWOON!). Super sexy with red leather banquettes, a gold and brass bar, and projections of stars like Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Dean Martin, Danny DeVito and others grace the walls. And bring on the pasta!
The Imperial Hotel in Erskineville, Sydney has got to be one of the most incredible commercial spaces we have ever featured. This is an iconic venue in the city’s gay nightlife and one of Australia’s most revered LGBTQI safe havens, and was relaunched last year after closing down in 2015. The transformation by design firm Alexander & Co is spectacular. The space is 3 levels, with a nightclub at the lower level, a pizzeria and bar on the top floor and the ground floor consists of an open kitchen, 250-seat restaurant, private dining room, cocktail bar as well as the main bar which includes a glazed enclosure to an inner courtyard. (Photos: Anson Smart)
It’s not always about work on a Saturday. Sometimes it’s all about hanging with friends and I couldn’t think of a better place than C.C. Babcoq (Rotisserie, Carvery & Cocktails) by Tom Mark Henry.
Café Birdie in L.A.’s Highland Park neighbourhood is a little bit of Paris bistro style in California. Designed by ETC.etera, this firm accentuated the 1920’s structure with some sexy lighting, beautiful floral wallpaper, pretty pale colours. The black bentwood stools and chairs, iron and marble tables, marble topped bar and brass accents really add to the Parisian vibe. There is also a cocktail bar in behind called Good Housekeeping with exposed brick and a gold bar. I would loooove to spend my Sunday here!