Cute idea, would work at home too. I like the repetition along the wall, but you’d need a fairly large space for this to work without it looking overdone or crowded, I imagine.
herdofblack:

Love the decals with lighting placed on top. This is one of the restaurants in “Gusto:A Guide to Restaurant Design.”

Cute idea, would work at home too. I like the repetition along the wall, but you’d need a fairly large space for this to work without it looking overdone or crowded, I imagine.

herdofblack:

Love the decals with lighting placed on top. This is one of the restaurants in “Gusto:A Guide to Restaurant Design.”

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Elle Decor's 2011 A List- Designers They Love →

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…just a little bit creepy. Check out the teeny tiny Hello Kitty abseiling off the chandelier!
rochila:

Hello Kitty Restaurant Interior

…just a little bit creepy. Check out the teeny tiny Hello Kitty abseiling off the chandelier!

rochila:

Hello Kitty Restaurant Interior

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Love the recessed speakers in the ceiling, seamlessly integrated into the design.
Via giopiane:

Abbot Kinney, Los Angeles
Designed by Modern Arc
‘Particularly compelling is the industrial chandelier substitute: mismatched bulbs hung in clusters from an oval hanging meat hook, inspired by “the chaotic mess created by circuitry boards,” according to the designers at Modern Arc.’ -Article by Remodelista

Love the recessed speakers in the ceiling, seamlessly integrated into the design.

Via giopiane:

Abbot Kinney, Los Angeles

Designed by Modern Arc

‘Particularly compelling is the industrial chandelier substitute: mismatched bulbs hung in clusters from an oval hanging meat hook, inspired by “the chaotic mess created by circuitry boards,” according to the designers at Modern Arc.’ -Article by Remodelista

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Cibi, Melbourne

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Cibi: Head, Hands, Heart

Open and inviting, a non-pretentious converted warehouse.

If you’re interested in design, and live in Melbourne, there’s a good chance you’ve been to Cibi. I hadn’t, until last week. But now I’d like to go as often as I can, I’d move in if I could.

Cibi is a cafe with a design store attached. Owner Zenta Tanaka is an architect, and the cafe certainly reflects this. The cafe itself is a big open space with polished concrete floors and high ceilings, with an open kitchen. The space seems clean rather than over-accessorised. Industrial and vintage pieces, metal parts, weighing scales all perfectly placed. Silk screen hangings, and old Le Corbusier prints. There are lots of salvaged and op-shopped wood items as well. 

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Al Mahara restaurant with giant aquarium- Burj, Dubai →

Interesting shot of an interesting restaurant- The Al Mahara restaurant at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. As described further by photographer David Clarke, the Al Mahara (the Oyster) restaurant at the Burj has a giant aquarium with a dedicated team and a marine biologist looking after the 2500 fish in it. 
As you’d expect from a seven-star hotel, I guess.
I’m not entirely sure what that fuzzy stuff on the walls is… 

Reblogged from Inspirational Interiors.

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Misuzu’s, Albert Park

Yummy home-cooked Japanese in somewhat strangely attired surroundings.

I’ll start by saying the food we had was absolutely lovely. If they have their agedashi prawn and calamari dumplings, get them, they’re so super-yum! But the place itself was a little unusual. Its in a narrow little townhouse on the corner of Victoria Avenue and Bridport, a little bit of a thoroughfare. Dining at night, the mix of the pinky-red interior, yellow pendant lighting, magenta curtains screening the kitchen, and backlit bar were a bit overwhelming. Another thing that was a bit strange was the music- it seemed to fluctuate from jazz to Spanish easy listening.

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Hardware Societe

I used to go to the now-deceased Beetroot with my best friend. We used to have hot chocolate with Persian fairy floss and marshmallows, and pretend we were interesting design people who worked in the CBD (rather than uni students on swot vac). 
That was some time ago. We’ve moved on, and so have the owners of Beetroot- with Hardware Societe, across the lane.  

The place has been blogged about ad nauseum now, and its hard to say anything that hasn’t already been said. And I do like it, but mainly for the food (which I suppose is the prime objective, after all, of a restaurant). I don’t love the decor, and I think perhaps I may be alone amongst the prevailing blogging community in Melbourne in saying that. 

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Sake, Sydney 

The only place we could get a table on a Saturday night without a reservation. Perfect, minimal, understated Japanese. 
 

I was in Sydney for a conference and hadn’t had the foresight to plan every meal for the three days of my trip. After an hour of trekking around the Rocks, my phone battery running low from all my frenzied Urbanspoon researching, and getting knocked back from place after place (not once, not twice, three times!!), we finally managed to get in at Sake.

Sake is, in the absence of any other words that will do it justice, simply awesome.

I felt a bit like I’d entered some sort of futuristic ubercool William Gibson-esque novel. This is what 2011 was meant to look like! If only I’d thought to dress in more black.

The entry is up a set of stairs into the reception, with a giant sake bottle repository on the left, and a backlit blue neon bar- which gets quite packed and buzzy later in the night. The dining area itself is down some stairs, which open up into a huge, quite unexpected space.

The kitchen area itself is open, and circumscribed by a wooden bar counter, which is where we were happily seated. Incidentally, this gave us a great view of all the food prep- quite exciting, with lots of flame torch and chopping action- with the added benefit of the chefs serving the food directly to you. Open kitchens in restaurant designs often bring something extra to the dining experience, a little bit of behind-the-scenes, voyeuristic thrill. And you get to see when the chefs screw up, which is fun. I liked how it was done at Sake particularly, as the storage fridges, the washing up guy, everything was on display. Dinner and a show!


The cutlery and tableware was simple. Wooden snap-off chopsticks, ceramic asymmetric Japanese inspired plates. I really loved the muted lighting and dark wood. I thought the wall of sake barrels were quite cool, too, and were used throughout the night for photo ops by all the diners.

The food was pretty faultless.We had super fresh sashimi, and my dessert was very exciting- frozen Yuzu souffle, with this tasty tasty miso caramel sauce. If you like non-sweet desserts, I definitely recommend it. And the service was fantastic, there wasn’t a trace of the snobbiness we’d grown accustomed to during our trip.

Oh, and definitely visit the bathrooms during the night! Very cool.

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