Viet Hoa Cafe

Viet Hoa, a Kingsland Road favorite, has recently been completely renovated and now boasts a serene, minimalist interior and stylish new branding, in complete contrast to its former haphazard self. Its new interior design is clean and simple and features walls and ceilings clad in timber, contemporary lighting and furniture, with quirky touches such as an entire wall covered in moss that stretches across two floors at the stairway.

Another unusual element can be found in the new bar in the basement. It has a playful sunken rectangle in the floor that becomes an informal lounge area with the addition of legless chairs and little tables.

The revised branding and identity was mainly influenced by the name of the cafe. ‘Hoa’ means ‘blossoming flower’ in Vietnamese and a logo mark has been added across all way-finding, branding collateral, packaging, and uniforms.

The new interior perfectly complements the delicious food and I’m sure with its stylish new space it will become even more popular.

(images via London Design Guide)


Shunt Lounge

One of the Best Clubbing Secrets

The Shunt Lounge is a Bar/Club located within the brick tunnels under the arches of London Bridge Station, where exhibitions, performances or even live music, film or design shows are hosted regularly.
As a secret club, the first challenge is actually finding the entrance door. There’s no sign but a little brown door at the lower level of the station, where you will find clubbers queing if you are too

Once inside, you can be sure that there will be something that will surprise you. Upcoming events include “The reading Room” by Lewis Gibson and “Now Revisited” by Hilary Lawson


Louis Vuitton at Comme des Garçons

Designed by Rei Kawakubo

In the autum of 2008 a temporary shop-in-shop and a limited-edition-collection of handbags was redesign by the same Kawakubo in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Louis Vuitton in Japan.

Ia a minimalist, ascetic, grey-concrete temporary showroom LV-monogrammed boxes are mounted on the wall and neatly crafted niches display the special models.

“Concrete” has become as one of the most trendy materials in interior design.
“Carbon Bar” designed by B3 Designers, is another good example of this industrial chic look, where concrete, brick, steel, mesh and leather, contrast against the outsized Chesterfields and shiny bevelled mirrors.


Tsunami Restaurant reviewed by B3 Designers

Tsunami Opens Second Restaurant

The successful London restaurant Tsunami has opened a new branch in the West End.
Situated on Charlotte Street (home to other famous restaurants such as Roka, which B3 Designers worked on) it offers modern Japanese cuisine in a stylish environment.
The interior design is contemporary and delicate with golden flower patterns decorating the white curved walls.
Having already received very good reviews by the likes of Fay Maschler and Terry Durack , this new restaurant is sure to be a success.


Architectural Interior Designers: What is their role?

What is an Architectural Interior Designer?
Architectural Interior Design, also referred to as Interior Architecture or Interior Design, is a skilled profession that bridges the fields of architecture and interior design. Almost all degree honours standard designers within the field of interiors will have had a thorough training in the semiotics and aesthetics of architecture. Simply put, they apply knowledge from both of these fields to make sure that a client’s space meet the expect requirements from imaginative design to sustainability. The initial assumption is that interior designers only deal with doing up swanky houses and penthouse apartments, however the list of spaces they deal with is extensive: hotels, corporate spaces, offices, schools, hospitals, private residences, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, theaters, airport terminals and yachts. Architectural interior designers deal with the parts of the building you can touch.

Architectural Interior Designers specialise?
Architectural interior designers can specialize in a particular interior design discipline, such as residential and commercial design. Commercial design includes offices, hotels, schools, hospitals or other public buildings. Some interior designers develop expertise within a niche design area such as hospitality, health care and institutional design.

Architectural interior designers must meet broad qualifications and show competency in the entire scope of the profession, not only in a specialty. An architectural interior designer will often have to work closely with construction workers and should also know how to interact with these people properly. So having people management skills is certainly a great bonus.

At B3 Designers, an architectural Interior design practice we specialise in preparing designs for Restaurants, Bars, Retail environments, exhibitions spaces and residential properties. We have designed an extensive range of properties and we encourage our clients to test us with new areas. Most good architectural interior design consultancy will be able to apply their niche skill base to any type of designed environment.

What skills do Architectural Interior Designer have?
Architectural Interior Designers come with a host of skills, ranging from having a creative imaginative mind, good spatial awareness, an understanding of structure, ability to evaluate and problem solve.

Then there is the more pragmatic side, which involves being able to translate ideas onto paper so that a contractor can build from and see a space fitted out and completed to meet the initial vision. I’ve heard it said if a designer, architect, engineer can draw it then it can be made. The difficult process is enabling ideas to happen whilst dealing with budgets and feasibility issues.

Do architectural interior design account for sustainability within the environment?
An architectural interior designer will be familiar with construction techniques and the process of creating sustainable structures. Most architectural interior designers will concentrate on converting old building into new spaces, rather than demolishing a site or building something new straight out of the ground. For this reason alone their skill is more in tune with the sustainability argument.

Why choose an Architectural Interior Designer over an Architect?
Well this really depends on the size of the contract, if the build is to develop something straight out of the ground, a sky scraper, a block of flats the skills of an architect are very much needed. If however it is an existing building the skills of an architectural interior designer are sometimes far more suited. They will work with structural engineers to ensure that any structural works are properly calculated and approved by the local authorities. They will take the remodeling of the space right down to the intricate details of what all the internal fixtures and fittings are.

On average most Architects enter the field to do large scale projects and specialise on the detail of major structures and sometimes they will design down to the language of the form that dictates the interior. Architectural Interior Designers also like to work on large scale redevelopment projects, but will relish at the possibility to detail form the largest to the minutest scale within an interior space. They will start where the architects finish. That is not to say architects don’t do that, they can do and do but on average it is the skills of an architectural interior designer that will develop the interior brand of a space. An example would be an architect developing a new shopping center but the individual shop outlets will be left as empty boxes. This will be when an architectural interior designers will take over the space and convert it into a space that is relevant to the individual brands. Architectural interior designers turn spaces into places.


Interior Designing Solutions for your Restaurant / Colour

Restaurant interior designers are facing greater challenges now as customers are getting to be more discerning and demanding. They want comfort, beauty and innovation at the same time, and delivering all of these in a satisfactory package may be a daunting task for quite a few restaurant interior designers. The good news is, it need not really be all that hard.

The Wikipedia entry on interior design makes the task appear to be quite a daunting endeavour. It says, “The work of an interior designer draws upon many disciplines including environmental psychology, architecture, product design, and traditional decoration (aesthetics and cosmetics).” Of course, few of us can claim to be masters of all the disciplines mentioned. So is there an easy way out? Actually, yes. You don’t even have to spend a ton of money to get the desired effect in restaurant interior design. All you have to do is keep in mind certain basics. what is the colour of your restaurant?


When I went to see a talk given by Kevin McLoud on his book COLOUR, he mentioned that he was constantly asked by people “what colour should I paint my room”. He rather wittingly said “paint it cream”. I was expecting him to give some complicated answer regarding space, and appropriateness. It is the universal colour of safeness. It is near to impossible to decide on a colour for a space without seeing it in context. But I believe Kevin’s advice is helpful as a starting point. In most cases cream or white are colours that are ideal to enable the space to stay light and bright and practical. However, if every interior was this colour the world would be a boring place.

In a restaurant one needs to think through this process and start with defining what the brand is, where the space is positioned and who is the target audience. Below is a selection of colours that have been pulled together whilst being inspired by the adjacent photograph. The palette is diffused and harmonious. These colours could be used through out the space in different materials, wall colours and fittings.

In a restaurant it is good to use a far wider range of colours to fulfil any demands from the brand identity. If we were looking at the other end of the palette we would be suggesting aubergine, charcoal and fawn as below.

We specialise in developing colour palette for our clients, so that we can make a big change to a restaurant space without having to spend a fortune. If you would like us to speak with you about developing a new colour palette for your restaurant, please do not hesitate to contact us at colours@b3designers.co.uk