Concrete Weekly No.13

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In this week’s Concrete Weekly we collected some great examples of restaurant interiors where concrete plays an important role in the design. Enjoy!

Who wants to eat at an overly decorated restaurant anymore? The interior should not draw your attention away from the dish the chef masterly prepared for the pleasure of your senses – both your eyes and your tastebuds. Concrete is the perfect material for a low-key design with a sense of quality, and interior designers know it well.

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Kook is an osteria and pizzeria in Rome, Italy. The young designers at Noses Architects wanted to create a space that enchants the senses without going overboard with the design. As they say: “The project trusted in cold concrete, heated by the warm wood and custom furnishing full of memories and, perhaps, until recently, bearing witness to intimate family scenes. Today’s and yesterday’s threads meet in the architecture and in the cuisine.”

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You can definitely feel the Mediterranean essence here, but only in the back of your mind, as some of these details are so subtle or even hidden in the design elements.

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When desinging a concrete interior, you don’t have to stop at the walls and floors – let the furnitures be concrete too! German architects at karhard ®architektur + design made sure the guests think of concrete while eating and drinking at Tin restaurant in Berlin’s most famous neighborhood, Kreuzberg. All the furnitures – except the Myto chairs by Konstantin Grcic – are made from cementitious wooden boards and designed by the architects.

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The design brief said they had to keep the project at a relatively low cost. This restriction usually brings new and fresh ideas into a project, just like the lighting here: 82 regular halogen bulbs hang from the ceiling to create an extraordinary athmosphere in the space.

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The bar is probably the highlight of the place: the shiny zinc plate was shaped with a thousand hammer hits to achieve this organic looking, glittering texture.

Photos © Stefan Wolf Lucks  

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And finally, here is an example of some not-so-low-key design: Écléctic Restaurant in Paris by British designer Tom Dixon. His design firm, the Design Research Studio is well known for inspiring collaborations, and this is exactly what happened in this extraordinary restaurant interior in a brutalist building in Paris.

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The shopping centre first opened in 1978, and just recently went through an intensive renovation. The building itself is an icon, so just the perfect place for a British design icon to leave his mark…

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The interior features the legendary Lustre and Cell pendants and the Bell table lamp from Tom Dixon, along with expressive furniture and luxurious copper wall panels. Towards the big shop windows and the light, the design gets a bit airier and the colours lighter, which gives space for different concrete textures from various manufacturers, such as Hungarian design concrete firm IVANKA.

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 Have a nice week, and don’t forget to check back here soon for more concrete goodness!

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