Appetizing designs: Inside 17 of the world’s most stunning restaurants
9:51 AM EST, Thu November 19, 2015
The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium —
The Jane took top prize for best restaurant design at this year's Restaurant and Bar Design Awards. This ex-military hospital chapel was transformed into an alluring space by local design practice Piet Boon. It features a statement, spiked chandelier design and all-new stained glass windows by Studio Job
The bar, housed in the recently refurbished Mondrian London hotel, was conceived by Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio. Originally designed by American architect Warren Platner in the 1970s, the hotel looms over the Thames and is said to be a contemporary reflection on the golden age of transatlantic travel.
The Press Club, Melbourne, Australia —
Using chef George Calombaris's favorite painting as its starting point, Melbourne-based March Studio created a stately golden backdrop for his experimental menu at The Press Club. Design by March Studio, Photo by Peter Bennetts from Let's Go Out Again, Copyright Gestalten 2015
At the Chapel, Somerset, UK —
At the Chapel, in the idyllic town of Bruton in Somerset, is the brainchild of restauranteur Catherine Butler and designer/furniture-maker Ahmed Sidki.
The restaurant, coffee shop, wine store and rooms are housed in a 17th-century Grade II Listed building (it is on the national register of buildings marked and celebrated as having special architectural or historic interest).
At The Chapel
Gamsei, Munich, Germany —
Simple oak woodwork and artisanal ceramics are paired with smooth concrete floors in this gently inviting space in Munich designed by local design practice Buero Wagner.
Design by Buero Wagner, Photo by S&S Schels from Let's Go Out Again, Copyright Gestalten 2015
Spring, London, UK —
Located in London's Somerset House, Spring's light-flooded drawing room is thanks to large arched windows, airy high ceilings. Original cornicing frames the space achieved by architect Stuart Forbes.
An atrium garden sits enclosed at the room's center with flora and fauna designs by landscape designer Jinny Blom. Other collaborators on the project include artwork by Emma Peascod and Valeria Nascimento and interior design by Australian Briony Fitzgerald.
Sala Rattanakosin, Bangkok, Thailand —
This Bangkok restaurant's design is from local practice Onion. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, overlooking the legendary temple of the dawn (Wat Arun), modern interior design is folded into spiritual surroundings.
Design by Onion, Photo by Wison Tungthunya, W Workspace from Let's Go Out Again, Copyright Gestalten 2015
Alameda, Brooklyn, USA —
This Greenpoint restaurant was founded and designed by brothers Evan and Oliver Haslegrave who are behind creative studio hospitality specialists hOme. The white marble, circular bar is a central character in the restaurant's design narrative.
Design by hOme, Photo by Evan Haslegrave from Let's Go Out Again, Copyright Gestalten 2015
Gymkhana, London, UK —
The interior design of Michelin-starred Gymkhana, delivered by B3 Designers, takes diners back to British Raj India with over-head fans that hang from a dark-lacquered oak ceiling, cut glass wall lamps from Jaipur and hunting trophies from the Maharaja of Jodhpur.
Reminiscent of India's gymkhana clubs, the dining room is flanked by turned oak booths with marble tables and chocolate leather banquettes. Brass edged tables and rattan chairs finish the look.
Nopa, Istanbul, Turkey —
This leafy green goddess of a restaurant by internationally recognized studio Autoban stands in the heart of Istanbul's stylish Nisantasi district.
Nopa: Design by Autoban, Photo by Sergio Ghetti from Let's Go Out Again, Copyright Gestalten 2015
Arcade Bakery, New York, USA —
The Tribeca bakery is housed in an unconventional spot within an office building lobby. Brooklyn-based design studio Workstead fit the modern bakery into what was previously a long-vacant entryway that had been sealed up after the building's management reoriented its lobby.
Design by Workstead, Photos by Matthew Williams from Let's Go Out Again, Copyright Gestalten 2015
The Springs, Los Angeles, USA —
This vegan oasis in Los Angeles arts district offers a multipurpose space sprawling across more than 13,000 square feet within a standard-issue 1980s cinder block warehouse. Designed by architects Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph of, ahem, Design Bitches, the health super center offers holistic treatments, yoga and a vegan menu.
Design by Design Bitches, Photo by Laure Joliet from Let's Go Out Again, Copyright Gestalten 2015
Steirereck, Vienna, Austria —
Steirereck by Ppag Architects ranks number 15 on the 50 Best Restaurants list, but it's not just the food that is impressive. The ultra-modern design with its burnished almost mirrored steel facade is bold but still gentle as it reflects the surrounding greenery of Vienna from its walls.
Design by PPAG Architects, Photo by Helmut Pierer from Let's Go Out Again, Copyright Gestalten 2015
Old Tom and English, London, UK —
Designed by Lee Broom, the restaurant serves cocktails and twists on traditional English dishes at the basement venue's intimate tables and hidden rooms.
The interior design is a contemporary take on the relaxed elegance of home entertaining in the 1960s. Lee Broom has created a warm space with the relaxed atmosphere of being in a good friend's apartment.
Bar Riviera, São Paolo, Brazil —
Marcio Kogan's Brazilian design and architecture practice studio MK27 recently revitalized this space. Popular in the 1960s and 70s with São Paulo's intellectual and creative classes, the new model has managed to keep the large curved staircase intact.
Verandah, Copenhagen, Denmark —
This pan-Indian restaurant is located within Copenhagen's The Standard hotel. Verandah's design is the work of design duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi. The soft minimalism, punctuated with green planted accents sits in an attractive the original 1930′s building.
Design by GamFratesi, Photo by Enok Holsegård and Dinesen/Hviid Photography from Let's Go Out Again, Copyright Gestalten 2015
nok Holsegård and Dinesen/Hviid Photography
Blixen, London, UK —
Built into the walls of London's Old Spitalfields Market, Blixen was a bank in its previous life. Now, it's an informal take on a grand European brasserie featuring a terrazzo-tiled floor mid-century furniture, brass fittings, and seductive walnut bar. The dining room spills out into a plant-filled pergola.