Bold Hospitality Designs
Photography courtesy of Eric Laignel.

Bold and Bright Hospitality Designs

Hospitality is back and the settings are brighter than ever.

Drinks & Co, Paris, by Saguez & Partners

A hybrid bar and liquor store in the 8th arrondissement is a veritable enchanted forest—albeit one rendered in an effervescent blue—with 20-inch-thick acoustic sound dampeners shaped into leaves descending from the ceiling and murals painted with the herbs that compose the libations offered on-site.

Lunar, Shanghai, by Sò Studio

The delicate scent of pressed tea bricks wafts through the contemporary eatery with a menu based on the 24 seasons of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, while its curved wooden canopy, natural boulders, gauzy bamboo curtains, and paneling with a hand-applied pale-peach pigment evoke a moonlit simplicity.

Rishon, Moscow, by Sundukovy Sisters

Inside the former Bakhmet­evsky public bus garage, now the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, is a café that riffs on the 1926 building’s Cons­truct­ivist architecture and unusual parallelogram floor plate via a mise en scène of industrial elements and slanted cylinders, cubes, and rectangles.

Esperanza, Los Angeles, by Gulla Jónsdóttir Architecture & Design

Inspired by the sand dunes of the restaurant’s Manhattan Beach location, concrete swoops to form the expressive tone of the white-hot destination, where a carved plaster wall, bevy of perforated-clay pendant fixtures, scallop shell–reminiscent stools, and bronze-backed bar shelving up the breezy-chic factor.