Friday, October 24, 2014

Trends in restaurant design by leading European designers

Authenticity and sustainable design are becoming major components in the concept of today’s restaurant design. Designers are moving to a more refined and authentic design. There is a trending towards a more crafts-focused artisan aesthetic, we are all hungry for the hand of an artisan after so many years of industrial design.
Customers become more interested in the heritage, culture and values of the restaurant they are eating in. Designers try to tell a story that starts from the moment customers enter the restaurant until they leave. They move away from the domestic style of previous years. With their design aesthetic, designers try to create immersive environments that may have some nostalgia, because eating in a restaurant is about more than food. People want to escape from their usual home dining environment. The restaurant of today is a destination that offers a culinary satisfaction along with a cultural experience.
Sumptuous, glamorous restaurant interiors are created, evoking an atmosphere of grandeur, luxury and decadence.
In restaurant design makeovers we notice that the designers try to preserve authentic elements and materials or they try to bring in new materials referring to the restaurant’s initial establishment, in respect of the historical significance of the building or restaurant’s area, and in respect of the national heritage and the historic environment.
Authentic and impresssive, massive interiors as backdrop to sophisticated materials and refined, personalized, custom made furniture. A space where one can feel a synergie between classic craft and contemporary design. Subtly-chic, understated elegance interior design.
All these characteristics are translated into the choice of materials, color tones and textures, artisanal custom made furniture and lighting fixtures.
Designers move away from minimalist tones to more rich, bright and saturated colors.The use of brass and gold brings a feeling of warmth and a sense of history to a room. Brass is making its comeback in the design world, although this is more of a classic accent rather than a trend.
Today I want to share with you some recently designed restaurant interiors, designed by renowned European designers.
These pictures will bring you more insight on the latest design trend of European restaurant interiors.

Marble is seen everywhere (floor, fireplace and back of sofas) in this massive, art deco influenced, interior. Warmth is added by using brass and bronze elements, smoky mirrors, and shades of green velvet upholstery.
An interior with clear art deco influences.



The Dutch designer has recently completed the transformation of the church of a former military hospital into , the restaurant of Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman, located in Antwerp, Belgium.
Contemporary furniture and lighting contrast well to the preserved authentic elements of the church as the original mosaic flooring and weathered ceiling.
Again we notice that earthy green tones, brass and bronze elements complement and complete the black and white basic of this massive interior.
Striking element is the 800 kg chandelier designed by the Beirut-based studio .This studio also designed the other specific lighting fixtures for the restaurant. Notice the beautiful brass uplighters on the wooden separations.


Although the decor is contemporary, there is a hint of chinoiserie in the crackled black-lacquer walls and brass accents.
Predominance of black and white (floor and crackled lacquer walls). Touches of brass (lightings and frames). Silky green velvet (banquettes and chairs).




is another restaurant revamped by renowned Paris designer  Le Flandrin has occupied a historic railway station building since 1932, serving traditional French cuisine to some of the city’s finest clientele. Joseph Dirand succeeded in restoring the restaurant’s decor to its former glory by using materials that evoke classic luxury as rare marbles, dark woods, polished brass, mirrored glass and velvet upholstery and a classic geometric-patterned tile floor.


The restaurant is decorated in muted, heritage grey and a splash of gold velvet. A classic contemporary two-tone grey panelling and a silver gilded ceiling cornice. Antique mirrored panels. The accents of gold velvet counterbalance the rather cold backdrop of grey panelled walls and grey leather upholstery.

The designers played with a mixture of black, bronze and gold, creating an ultra chic look. Again we notice dark woods, velvet upholstery, brass light fixtures.


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