Restaurant and bar design

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about restaurant and bar design

Project • By se studioBars

Buna cafe

Located in a very important commercial and business axis, Buna Café is an space in which you can enjoy an specialty coffee in a modern and welcoming environment.It is a space of small dimensions with simple and clean forms, but with great importance in the details, reinforcing the passion in the preparation of this specialty coffee and the closeness that we want to show the client.What the designers wanted to transmit in this space is the cleanliness and purity with which a coffee is prepared, as if it were a laboratory. But without leaving aside the comfort and the warmth, taking care of every detail so that the client enjoys it. A space in which everything is in harmony and balance, where there is no competition between design and... More

Project • By Maurizio Lai ArchitectsRestaurants

SUSHI CLUB – Asian Dining

SUSHI CLUB is an oriental cuisine concept restaurant, in which creativity and elegance combine to create a refined and scenographic environment at the same time.   Third of a brand development project, which focuses on originality and exclusivity instead of on the rigidity of aformat, the restaurant stands out for its large size and the intense visual impact of the creations, which accompany the public by designing spaces inside of other spaces.   The game of volumes immediately expresses itself with the fitting of the entrance ceiling: cubic modules of different heightsalternate opaque and glossy surfaces, lacquered or printed, obscured or backlit, to be reflected in the horizontal planes of the coloured glass tables and the... More

Project • By Maurizio Lai ArchitectsRestaurants

IYO Aalto

There is a contemporary idea of Japan in the project that the Italian architect Maurizio Lai has developed for IYO Aalto, the second restaurant of the group after IYO Taste Experience, the only Japanese restaurant in Italy awarded a Michelin star.  Subtle references to tradition give way to a contemporary and pure design language, conceiving a place where essential materials and light merge into a different tale. Maurizio Lai evokes the Japanese culture through a decisive sensibility, far from prevailing stereotypes and clichés. He defines a restaurant with an absolute flavour, in deliberate search of deep symmetries and tactile emotions. Canaletto walnut and porphyry represent the dominant materials. Ethereal, imperceptible a... More

Project • By HeliotropeRestaurants

The Whale Wins

Heliotrope served as Project Architect for The Whale Wins, helping bring the design vision of James Beard Award winning chef Renee Erickson and her partner Jeremy Price to the Fremont Collective — a converted warehouse in Seattle, also home to the Heliotrope-designed restaurant, Joule, and the mountain sports retailer, evo. The Whale Wins menu revolves around a wood-fired oven and the décor is Brittany-seaside cottage meets spare Scandinavian. The palette is bright, with white-washed wood walls, marble counters, and white painted open shelves stocked with wine and provisions.   Building Area: 1600 sf tenant improvement Contractor: Dovetail Photography: Aaron Leitz More

Project • By HeliotropeRestaurants

General Porpoise

General Porpoise is a multi-concept restaurant from ​Sea Creatures​ (Renee Erickson’s James Beard Award winning restaurant group) that turns one large volume into 3 distinct and intimately scaled spaces stretching down the block in Seattle’s bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood. ​Bar Melusine​ celebrates the French Atlantic with oysters, crepes, pré salé lamb, and more, in a sea of tonal greens. ​Bateau​ re-imagines the recently retired Sea Creatures restaurant, Boat Street Café, as a modern steak house with a view into an in-house dry-aging room. ​General Porpoise​, a doughnut shop and multi-roaster serving filled, yeasted doughnuts is a sun-lit, bright, white space accented with shocks of radish pink. All th... More

Project • By MERMET S.A.S.Wineries

The Glass House, Brick Bay

Acoustis® 50 by Mermet : qualities recognized as far away as new Zealand  A manufacturer of fibreglass-based technical fabrics, Mermet revolutionized the market in 2006 with the launch of Acoustis® 50. This new fabric is the only one which offers an exceptional dual-functionality, being both a material for acoustic absorption and solar protection.   Its unique properties recognized around the world are the reason why, today, this Mermet fabric can even be found  in a wine bar on the other side of the globe in New Zealand.   Considered to be one of the most prestigious wine growing areas, Brick Bay is noted for its exceptional wine bar. The owners called in Noel Lane, a New Zealand architect, to build this... More

Project • By Seth Powers PhotographyRestaurants


A restaurant in Zhengzhou, Henan. Designed by A00.  More

Project • By hcreatesRestaurants

Cantina Agave

Hannah Churchill of hcreates worked with the team at Cantina Agave to create a bright and playful refit of the popular Mexican cantina. The design uses pops of pink, peacock green and rustic timber to bring warmth and colour to this compact interior. A new open kitchen gives more sense of depth to the space and brings the action to the dining experience.  Hannah said "it was a great project to bring to life as the food and essence of Mexico have such a following around the world, So it was great to be able to bring it to China and do it in a slightly more designed and creative way" More

Project • By DezigneShops

Chatime Nottingham Tearoom design & refurbishment

Dezigne was commissioned by Chatime UK to fully design and deliver their refurbishment at their Nottingham branch. Our special projects and interior design team started a dialog with the client and created a mood board with creative suggestions.After a detailed design and procurement period we produced accurate photorealistic images for the proposed design. Those designed our shopfitter team converted them to CAD drawing for the productions of the counters and special planter wall. Our design was inspired by nature, the culture of tea drinking, modern Italian furniture and natural elements.We used our inhouse made Bee Hive carbord lampshades We also were commissioned to design and make a bespoke living wall brand sign. The sign was mad... More

Project • By Clayton KorteRestaurants

The Bottling Dept. Food Hall

Originally constructed in 1894, a devastating fire claimed the historic Pearl Bottling House in 2003. Pearl salvaged as much from the rubble as possible, and hired Clayton Korte to rebuild the 13,132-square foot-structure as a modern interpretation of a lost Classical Revival jewel that would serve as a venue for emerging chefs and culinary talent.   Located at the heart of the historic Pearl campus, the Bottling Department sits along the San Antonio River and is the city’s first food hall that houses local chefs. An anchor in the Pearl campus, the building is surrounded on all sides by a mixture of residential apartments and condos, offices, retail shops, restaurants, and Hotel Emma.   The mixed-use campus fosters rich... More

Project • By studioBars

Native Hostel, Bar & Kitchen

The Native Hostel, Bar & Kitchen is a boutique hostel, bar, cafe, and event space designed for the epicurean traveller and locals alike. It is nestled in an existing 2-story late 1800’s stone building and a mid-century brick warehouse right in the middle of the upcoming transit-oriented development adjacent to downtown.We sought to preserve the history but create something culturally conducive for the current and future generations. By merging all periods and styles, we were able to create something that feels timeless; a place that could have been relevant many years ago, is relevant today, and will be relevant for many years to come. The Native concept is focused around social activity including music, arts, socializing, food, and ent... More

Project • By Maurizio Lai ArchitectsBars

FEEL – Fusion Restaurant

FEEL is a small, compact and decidedly intimate restaurant. The interpretation of a narrow space translates into the creation of a rather homogeneous but sophisticated and exclusive furnishing system. The atmosphere is that of a boutique restaurant, a refuge from worldliness without falling into anonymity, a place where food becomes part of a delicate ritual of well-being. More

Project • By Maurizio Lai ArchitectsShops

SPAZIO FORME Parmigiano Reggiano Experience Store

Spazio Forme Parmigiano Reggiano offers the public an immersive Store Experience, presenting its complex reality in such an innovative and extensive context as the FabbricaItaliana Contadina (FICO), Eataly World. In Maurizio Lai's project, the whole wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese looks like a jewel, enclosed in a highly detailed ambience, which aims to enhance the preciousness of its ingredients and the mastery of its production. The space is spread over a total of 330 sqm. and consists of a reception and an interactive area located at the entrance, from which the bar, gastronomy and catering department develop from one side and the actual store on the other one. The separation of the two zones consists of an original installat... More

Project • By Maurizio Lai ArchitectsRestaurants


Maurizio Lai interprets the choice of fusion cuisine as an elegant and domestic space at the same time, almost the extension of an ideal home, a celebration of the contemporary lifestyle. KISEN offers its public delicate tones and attention to detail in all aspects, from the refined luminous sculptures that decorate the walls, up to the choice of materials and finishes for the bathrooms. Particularly elaborate and original is the realization of the wall along the staircase that connects the two floors of the room, consisting of a luminous boiserie, able to vary the geometric decorative motif, depending on the width of its moving parts. Special care has been given to the design of lighting solutions for all areas. The space is arranged o... More

Project • By CORE architecture + designRestaurants


Located at 974 Palmer Alley in CityCenterDC, Centrolina is dual-concept market and osteria that blends a casual California aesthetic with the sensibility of an upscale urban market. The market “island” anchors the space and guests circulate around it, ultimately discovering the intimate restaurant beyond. With two entries, one which highlights the coffee counter, and the other that highlights the wine bar and restaurant, each has its own identity while being unified by key architectural elements--the bar and market counter. The bar, with views of the bustling market, easily transitions from a casual lunch hangout to a small lively wine bar at night. The design firm worked with chef and owner Amy Brandwein to develop the color and mater... More