Althaus Restaurant, Poland

The design for Althaus created by PB/Studio, in cooperation with Filip Kozarski, combines traditional rustic elements with fresh modern style statements and is a great example of the wave of fresh design hitting Poland.

From the street, the restaurant gives is evidence to its claim as new and stylish addition to Poland’s culinary scene. Inside, it gets even more exciting where every section has been given a different look and feel unified through twists on traditional Bavarian design that meet modern style head on. The restaurant serves Bavarian cuisine and the decor reflects this throughout. Elements of Southern Germany have been subtly implemented through the inclusion of bottle green in the lamps and chandelier, the dominant painted units, the copper in the stunning bold minimalistic light features and the use of mosaic, referencing traditional beer production in the area.

On the ground floor, white washed panelled walls add a feeling of space, the use of rustic cow hide for the seating and soft furnishings, stripped oak, shelves displaying wine and books and a vintage dresser give the restaurant a homely authentic feel. On the upper floor, the bar and buffet areas amplify this rustic feel with bottle green panelling throughout.

The design showcases traditional elements within a more casual and simple environment than one would expect, successfully, juxtaposing the traditional elements against modern styles.

The bathrooms are incredibly enchanting with the fresh balance of the simple brick wall tiles, continued from the main restaurant, complimenting the more ornate original monochrome tiled floor.

(Images from Retail Design Blog)



Sajilo Cafe, Tokyo

Sajilo Cafe is an unassuming, quiet restaurant and cafe that serves up Nepali food and drink in Kichijoji, Tokyo. The modest, whimsical interior is unpretentious and has an unfinished look that seems as if it has been evolving into its current state over centuries.

The plain interior is filled with a collection of quirky bric-a-brac, along with charming glassware and wire dinnerware. This creates an extremely personal, relaxed looking space, almost like a friend’s dining room.

Windowsills are filled with arrangements of succulents in old tins and ceramics, continuing the nostalgic mood to the outside of the cafe. The owners obviously have a good eye for the old world items they fill their cafe with: they also run Atelier Sajilo, where similar items are stocked in abundance.

(Images via thisisnaive)


Slowpoke Espresso, Melbourne

Slowpoke is a new cafe in Fitzroy, Melbourne designed by French-born, Melbourne-based designer Sasufi. The focal point of the bright and airy interior is a 12m wall clad with off-cuts of reused timber sourced from local furniture designers. Tables are also constructed of recycled wood, this time flooring and they are complemented with classic white chairs.

The space is completed with quirky touches such as vintage art and understated flower and herb arrangements in antique glassware. The character of the cafe is carried through to the last detail with even business cards being made of hand cut recycled card and signage custom made using flea market finds.

(Images via weheart and sasufi)


Sideways Cafe by Nema Workshop, New York

New York designers Nema workshop have created this unusual interior for emerging brand D’espresso.

Asked to relate the design to its location in Madison Avenue, Nema workshop took inspiration from nearby Bryant Park Library but turned the room sideways to form this playful interior.
Full scale photographic prints onto custom tiles allow bookshelves to wrap from floor to ceiling,  whilst gravity defying pendant lights jut out from behind the bar.  A herringbone clad wall opposite to this mimics a floor in this surreal café space.

The designers’ slanted take on a straightforward concept makes for a spectacular, if not slightly disorientating interior!


Cielito Querido Cafe, Mexico

Esrawe Studio is a group of Mexican architects and designers, responsible for the distinct and vibrant design of Cielito Querido Cafe, a Latin-American eatery. In collaboration with Ignacio Cadena, the studio have come up with a concept that is bold and bright in its use of colour, typography and graphics. The concept is inspired by Mexican design heritage and Latin graphic design of the late 19th to early 20th century, particularly the product labels of old grocery stores.

The interior design alludes to the rich history of Latin American tradition and distinct visual landscape, while remaining unique and contemporary. The symbolism, pink and blue colour scheme, illustrations and materials speak instantly of a particular time and place that appeals globally as well as locally.

The café’s name was inspired by the song Cielito Lindo, which was written in 1882 by the Mexican composer Quirino Mendoza y Cortéz. The song contains the phrase ‘México lindo y querido’, which translates to ‘cherished and beautiful Mexico’ – a great source of inspiration for the project.

Pictures via We Heart:Essential Lifestyle Guide


Earl's Gourmet Grub by FreelandBuck

Architectural computation has become increasingly popular in the design of high-tech buildings with interesting shapes; Earl’s Gourmet Grub is a test case of using it on an interior scale as a way of enriching everyday use. Although the design uses very recent technology it fits with the old-world sensibility that that the food inspires.

The artisanal deli that opened in Los Angeles in May 2010 is intended to be a sort of contemporary interior landscape. Inscribed on the West wall is a technologically refined digital pattern,  this is an abstraction of a picture of the Alps into a series of pixels.  (Check out the drawing at the end to see how they reached the pattern)

The torqued ceiling surfaces act as light canopies that create depth and an airy feeling. These rhythmic undulations have the added function of dividing the space into pockets and add to the dynamic feel of the space.

These extremely contemporary elements are combined with rich materials and colours, so that the space not only evokes a technological look but also the feel of alpine landscapes and Viennese cafes. The resulting space can be described as high-tech picturesque.

(images from FreelandBuck)


Look Mum No Hands

Look Mum No Hands is the clever name of a new cafe/bar/bike workshop that recently opened in Old Street. Here you can enjoy some seriously delicious coffee and cake while your bike is being tended to by an expert bicycle mechanic. The interior of the former architectural showroom is pared down and airy, with a select few beautiful vintage bikes on display in the window and some large prints of past races on the walls. The minimalist look of the space is enhanced with striking details, such as the vintage lamps above the bar that have the added quirky touch of hanging from bicycle chains. They also have a lovely outdoor area that will no doubt be very busy on sunny days. The relaxed, fuss free space and staff have won me over and I will definitely not wait for bicycle problems to go there again.


Konjaku-an in Osaka

Japanese designers Inly Design have designed a combined bakery, dried food store and cafe in Osaka, Japan. “Konjaku-an” cooks and bakes with the ingredients and the wisdom from Japanese ancient times in order to preserve the traditional techniques and recipes and to transfer them into modern times.

The interior manages to let “the old” and “the new” coexist by combining, for example, an old footing board, a worn-out farm implement, an antique table and a bamboo colander with a partition created by recycled hula-hoop rings and a “lighting umbrella” – i.e. multiple lamps that hang from the ceiling on cables, all originating from a central light fitting.