This year London looks like the centre of the world. Maybe at one time it was "only" the stronghold of design, but now it is a meltin' pot of events about design, arts, culture and sports.
I am sure that the main appointment for most people is the oncoming Summer Olympic Games...
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So, if you will go to London during the Olympic Games, there are some design restaurants that I want to recommend you!
06. MADE IN CAMDEN
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH
Interior design: Michael Sodeau
This dining room and bar is housed within the iconic performance venue, Roundhouse, but is a far cry from the mediocre offerings often associated with such venues. Indeed, a concerted effort to raise the bar in terms of food and design makes this a destination in its own right, not just somewhere to fill your belly before or after a performance next door.
The designer Michael Sodeau has opted for earthy tones and textures throughout the interior, contrasting the wooden floor, ceiling and furniture details with red accents in the upholstery, tubular framed chairs, and various structural elements.
As an homage to a period in history when traveling was a luxury, the eatery reflects the 1930's art deco movement with the textures, colors and geometric motif of the era.
The custom-made features include the metal work, herringbone patterned mosaic floor and the curved banquettes. Behind the bar, a graphic collection of old station clocks and vintage travel photographs hang off the hook and train screens to remind the users of the original location. The entire concept of the restaurant was given a new visual language, including an updated logo and graphic typeface.
"Choose between two striking bars, an exclusive fine-dining nook or settle at the captain's table and sample delicious dishes using the very best seasonal produce in our superb heron tower restaurant. Meander between high tables, sunken loungers and long benches and indulge in our skinny and delicious cocktails or work your way through our impressive wine list".
The Mess restaurant plays on the contrasts of materials and impressions: walls in stone, tables in concrete contrast with medea stone, flooring in waxed stone and furniture in aluminium. Square tables placed on a concrete form block base create an illusion of floating, bringing a note of architectural model masterplan to the place. The seating is kept minimal with aluminium chairs to add to the reflection of the space. The Mess restaurant offers a view of an underground earth cave dining experience which connects with the ground floor's nature concept.
Selected for Restaurant and Bar Design Award 2012 - category "Restaurant or bar in retail space"
Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca has just opened its new pop-up location in London's southbank with a building designed by London-based architects Softroom. Composed of eight shipping containers and adorned with murals by international street artists, the restaurant functions as an experimental kitchen with monthly food specials over the course of 18 months, after which the project will move to another location. The most popular dishes at the southbank location will be added to wahacaís standard menu in all its restaurants.