For all the random shit I don’t post here….I have dedicated an entire new site to it! YAY!
I caught up with some ex colleagues of mine last week for our usual ‘quiet meal and drink’ which typically ends up with table top dancing and espresso martinis galore. This was no exception. I honestly think that during our years at university they must subliminally teach design students to love champagne and live well beyond their means….but enough on that for the moment.
We booked a table at NOPI, a relatively new all day restaurant in the heart of Soho. Great food, great wine, and of course a great interior. Simple and sheek with white butchers tiles, brass and the most incredible marble floor. The interior was created by Alex Meitlis who in my opinion ‘does white well’. It was however the Women’s WC that excited me the most…yes the WC. A faceted mirror wrapped room with touches of highly polished brass, a single tom Dixon light and again the marble floor. It was a jewel box of infinity mirror work….with its only fault being that due to the endless reflections, the space clearly had caused some confusion among the clientele leading the restaurant to tape up a sign on one of the walls saying “exit this way”. Such a shame, as I don’t think I would have cared staying in there for a bit.
I had the pleasure of dining at the newly opened Dishoom (Upper St Martins Lane
. London) last week, apart from the one and a half hour wait (proving its current popularity) I absolutely loved it and already planning my next meal.
The laidback Indian restaurant is based on the concept of Irani cafés in Bombay. An institution which earns a fond place in the hearts of Bombayites, regardless of caste and class, by reliably providing a cheap snack, a meal, or just a cup of chai and a refuge from the street.
The restaurant is split into two spaces; lower ground, which caters for larger table bookings and has a small bar nestled in the far corner where one can have pre drinks before being seated. The upper level (ground) has a much more relaxed feel with casual 2-4 people tables flanked by a busy open kitchen.
The fit out is a quirky, vibrant and yet a sophisticated translation of a traditional Indian café. Beautiful red, green and blue blown glass shades drop randomly from the ceiling, swooping down low over the dining tables. The wc was strangely a real highlight of the fit out, with glass fronted ‘medicine’ cabinets displaying miscellaneous Indian remedies like ointments and tiger balm.
The restaurant featured an article on the design of the space and is definitely worth a read.
Interior designer Elle Kunnos de Voss of American studio The Metrics has created the interiors for a restaurant in New York that will change every 30 days. Called What Happens When, the floor, ceiling and all the walls of the interior are painted black, whilst the furniture and light fittings are white. Architectural drawings and symbols have been painted on the walls and ceiling, and each time the interior changes it will be mapped out on the floor with tape. A grid of hooks on the ceiling mean the lighting can be constantly reconfigured. Music and entertainment in the restaurant will also change every 30 days, as well as the food and brand identity. As a Valentine’s Day installation, pink and purple triangles of fabric were hung from the ceiling. – DEZEEN