May 27, 2021

8 Flavorful Restaurants, Bars, and Cafés

We’ve heard it time and again: “You are what you eat.” Shouldn’t restaurant interiors reflect that? These eight food and beverage locales welcome foodies and newbies alike, with delectable design to boot.

1. China Ma by Yod Group Serves Up Flavors of Traditional and Modern Asia to Ukraine

At the two-story restaurant in Kyiv, Ukraine, by Yod Group, custom furniture includes chairs combining Soviet and Scandinavian influences. The kitchen connects to the dining room through a stainless steel–lined aperture inspired by traditional Chinese design. Photography by Andrey Bezuglov.

2. Gin Design Group Outfits Houston’s Ginger Kale with Stadium Seating

Gin Design Group stuck to five natural elements for the palette of this veggie-centric café. Under the café’s glued laminated timber ceiling beams, custom tables and stools are stained or spun white oak and the counter skirt is clay brick. Photography by Claudia Casbarian/Julie Soefer Photography.

3. Chybik + Kristof Restore 19th-Century Brewery as a Modern Wine Bar in Czech Republic

An aerial view of the House of Wine in Znojmo, Czech Republic by Chybik + Kristof5mm-thick plywood made from ceiba wood is bent into curved shapes throughout, adding an earthy heaviness to the space. Photography by Laurian Ghinitoiu, courtesy of CHYBIK + KRISTOF. 

4. Wid Chapman Infuses an Indian Eatery in Manhattan with Cultural Iconography

This Indian restaurant on NYC’s Lower East Side tapped Wid Chapman to design the interior. The street food-inspired menu references cuisine from all over the sub-continent, like the iconography on the custom artwork. Photography by Will Ellis.

5. MODGI Group Designs a Steakhouse in St. Petersburg, Russia Inspired by the American Wild West

The team at MODGI Design Group wanted to convey steakhouse origins without the use of cowboy iconography and taxidermied antlers. Dried flowers throughout offer a nod to the region’s native flora. Photography by Dmitry Tsyrenschikov.

6. Matthew Tsang Creates a Serene Austin Ramen Restaurant

Drawing on elements of various design principles, including Danish hygge, Japanese minimalism, and French Art Deco, interior designer Matthew Tsang creates a moment of escape in the Sazan Ramen restaurant. Udon Dining Chairs from Hem add an industrial edge to the dining area. Photography by Jeff Jones. 

7. KOGAA Crowns Coffee Hub GROUNDS with a Halo of Plants

Project lead and KOGAA founding partner Tomas Kozelsky focused on repurposing materials wherever possible to reduce building waste. The bar is made of uncoated corrugated metal sheets and the custom desk is designed to fit all the needed coffee fixtures. Photography by Alex Shoots Buildings. 

8. A Gelato Shop in Doha Reflects the Whimsy of M.C. Escher’s Works

Futura saturated the space in vibrant pink and blue hues. Informal tiered seating complements the terrazzo gelato counter. Photography by Futura. 

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