This season’s hottest restaurant interior design trends

Trying to satisfy our aesthetic appetites, we turned to three designers to reveal the tastiest restaurant trends

in a tom ford 2016 movie nocturnal animals, Adams suffered the painful aftermath of heartbreak as Susan Morrow when her ex-husband Edward Sheffield was brought to the screen by Jake Gyllenhaal to have her dinner at an unnamed restaurant. As the camera pan shows Morrow distracted in grief, in the best tradition of highbrow cinema, it shows an ornate green Japanese watercolor panel framed in dark wood. It belongs to a restaurant within the Palace of the North Hollywood Hills.

Spaces tell stories like clothes or books. F. Scott Fitzgerald in the great gatsby Paints the perfect picture of its wealthy inhabitants. A breeze blew across the room, blowing the curtains in and out like a pale flag, rolling the curtains toward the frosted wedding cake on the ceiling, and then rippled across the burgundy carpet, casting shadows on it like the wind on the sea . “

Booth at HONBO New Harbour City

Curtains drifted into Buchanan’s living room when James JJ Acuña, creative director of JJ Acuna/Bespoke Studio’s interior design and architecture practice, mentioned Le Coucou in New York. “Everything about Le Coucou is very local. It feels like home,” he said. “We tried to make our space an extension of home.” Not to mention that Le Coucou was favored by the great Gatsby, visionary-socialite Anna Delvey of our generation.

When it comes to interior design trends, Acuña sees two near-extreme aesthetic movements gaining traction among his clients. The first is anything that helps restaurateurs and their customers satisfy the evolutionary desire to be one with nature — at least to some extent. “There is a trend towards natural materials,” he explained. “We’ve always had wood, but I think people prefer terracotta, clay, concrete with rough textures, like marble and stone, finished with lots of texture. People want something more serious and authentic, even if it’s a luxurious space. Acuña then noticed the panoramic hand-painted wallpapers depicting ancient landscapes and pottery as ubiquitous decorative elements; this change in interior design direction is evident in the newly opened German fine dining restaurant Heimat, where Acuña and his team created a collection for the Ritz Hong Kong Peter Find, the former executive chef of the Carlton Hotel, designed the restaurant. Its inspiration goes back and forth: the parquet floors reflect the traditional Schleswig-Holstein hausbarn, and the concept is that families live upstairs, farms The animals are downstairs. Marble, wood and tiles are all comfortably accommodated in one space, along with panoramic panels, although here they are abstract rather than the landscape wallpaper the designer mentioned.

ACQUASALA SPEAKEASY bar interior designed by EAST.

Then there’s a trend, which the writer — unencumbered by a lack of architectural education — describes as “sanitized beauty.” “There are a lot of contemporary art galleries and modern museum-style interiors with clean surfaces, white walls, concrete and glass of different colors,” says Acuña, an aesthetic choice that can be mistaken for minimalism, but Acuña believes it has Abandoning its throne has a richer interior, with references spanning the centuries but presenting a contemporary twist. “A lot of our clients travel the world. They see buildings from all the different eras and they want that perspective in their spaces,” he said. “To me, modernism is about taking these references from all over the world and taking it lightly, giving it some frivolity, or using colors or materials, or changing the outlines of details a little bit.”

An example of this approach is Korean fine dining restaurant Hansik Goo, designed by JJ Acuna/Bespoke Studio for award-winning chef Mingoo Kang. The vertical surfaces of the private rooms are influenced by the 14th century Bukchon Hanok Village in South Korea, while sliced ​​white limestone and cast-in-place terrazzo form a unique floor pattern reminiscent of the concrete walls that protected Hanok dwellings (floors reminiscent of Soviet common surface) – era cultural institutions and universities) executed in a postmodern way. “It captures the essence of Seoul rather than the traditional Korean house aesthetic. Hansik Goo is unlike any Korean restaurant you can think of in Hong Kong,” explains Acuña. “We decided to be more poetic and atmospheric to it, rather than [it being the] Disneyification of Korea. “

19th Century Bukchon Hanok Village’s Korean food destination Hanseok

Terrazzo is another element that seems to be ubiquitous in restaurant design, as Kevin Lim, chef and founding partner of OPENUU, the award-winning interdisciplinary design studio he runs with his wife Caroline Chou, says. “Terrazzo is everywhere. Growing up, we were used to seeing it in Hong Kong. A lot of stairs were built with it,” he said. Lim also laughs and recalls finding terrazzo on various lists of “interior design trends not to follow.”

For some, however, minimalism is still at the forefront of interior design trends.According to Yuki Yasukagawa, creative director at Design East International, “There is a trend towards simplicity, not over-decoration. [interiors], using self-explanatory materials such as stainless steel and clashing with concrete and translucent glass. Some of the on-trend projects at Design East are Yakiniku Ichiro in Jordan and Tenzushi in Wanchai.

3D rendering of the upcoming ORO on Stanley Street

Unlike JJ Acuna/Bespoke Studio, however, Design East also takes an eclectic approach to design. Yasukagawa explained that its latest project, the soon-to-open American-Italian restaurant Oro on Stanley Street, combines “a perfect balance of old and new, using old materials, embellishing them and rethinking their appearance”. One of the most striking elements of the Oro is the staircase, which “connects the 30th and 31st floors and is quite small. I made it fully mirrored to expand the space and make it a completely neutral area. I really like being in with so many The effect of walking in space with different angles and reflections,” she said.

As far as furniture goes, Yasukagawa points to Kelly Wearstler’s creations as a source of inspiration. “She uses her furniture for jewelry design,” she said. “Everything is packed – it’s very different from the Japanese minimalist design philosophy.”

Average noodle interior details, courtesy of OPENUU.

It’s hard to analyze interior design trends without pointing out all the different kinds of Instagrammable Spots. “People are moving away from the concept of the Instagram space,” says Acuña, which he describes as “too saccharine — they look good at first, and then you take a picture of it. After you leave, you realize you don’t want to go back there.” He The way to deal with the requirements for such spaces lies in a holistic design approach. “The job of a designer is to [the client] come back and ask, ‘after [the customers] Take pictures, what will they offer? How does this become part of their daily life? How many pink interiors or brass lighting finishes and round selfie mirrors can one really have? ‘, he asked with a smile.

On the other hand, the trend still seems to have loyal followers, including Lin. “People tend to line up in a corner to take pictures. I’ve noticed that in some restaurants, lights are useful in illuminating the food,” he told me. However, he also supports the concept of holistic design.

The German gourmet restaurant HEIMAT adopts the traditional SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN HAUSBARN concept.

“We’re trying to make it happen organically,” he said. “We always try to make the whole space Instagrammable, so no matter where you sit, it gives everyone a fair shot,” adding a point about comfort. “Like Instagram [certain spaces might be], they may not necessarily think too much about comfort in hindsight. “

Whatever a new or forgotten interior design trend might be, it seems that thoughtful design with rich references is the way to go. Because, as in any good literary novel, the characters are the driving force of the story.

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