Restaurant, Bar & Hotel Interiors

With an impressive number of outstanding entries in 2015, judging the Restaurant, Bar and Hotel categories was no mean feat. After an intense deliberation a ‘world-class’ shortlist for each category was agreed featuring the best design from across the globe. From pop up bars in Moscow to a Japanese/Nordic fusion design hotel in Sweden, street food eateries to gourmet restaurants, independent chateaux to global heavyweights; the judges were consistently impressed with the quality and the range of projects featured.

On our experienced panel we were glad to welcome back Jane Lawrence, Interior Design Director of the Manser Practice, and Tina Norden, Architect and Interior Designer for Conran and Partners, Patrick Reardon of ReardonSmith Architects, Sabina Wyss di Corrado of the PPHE Hotel Group and offering their expertise remotely, Christopher Webb, Senior Director of Interior Design for Hilton Worldwide, Paul White, Director of BuckleyGrayYeoman and finally, Marco Nijhof, founding member of YOO Hotels and Resorts.

Restaurant

Hueso by Cadena + Asoc. Concept Design

“It’s crazy but I like it.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

“So out there and off the wall, I love it.”
— Tina Norden

“This organic interior and textural skin to this exciting project gives great intrigue and layering to the dynamic dining space. This fusion of natural materials and Darwinian narrative are also a great use of storytelling to define a beautiful and subtle dining space and one that will have longevity through the cleverly curated artwork and installations.”
— Christopher Webb

Opus V by Blocher Blocher Partners

“The excellent use of natural materials and texture give this restaurant a warm and casual feel. This combined with a considered and rigorous attention to detail through screening, lighting and material selection makes the spaces inviting, elegant and luxurious.
— Christopher Webb

“I really like this one.”
— Tina Norden

Tunglok Xihe by Formwerkz

The jury was impressed with the striking use of colour in this restaurant and commended the designers for creating a ‘fun and vibrant’ interior with a unique concept and back story.

“Quirky and beautiful.”
— Tina Norden

Yunhui by Beijing Newdays Architectural
Design Co., Ltd.

Beijing Newdays Architectural Design Co., Ltd. were shortlisted in both the Residential and Restaurant categories. The jury noted Yunhui as an incredibly sensuous space that took an interesting concept and executed it flawlessly.

“Really beautiful, so atmospheric. They are so good!”
— Tina Norden

Workshop by SOMA

“Right now, this is my favourite restaurant in the world. This is as good in person as the presentation shows, it’s beautiful. It’s amazing in every aspect”
— Tina Norden

“Pared back and lovely”
— Patrick Reardon

Sushi Restaurant Rei by 07BEACH

“I think this is great”
— Jane Lawrence

“I really love the wall detail.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

“Beautiful detailing throughout.”
— Tina Norden

The Kettle Black by Studio You Me

“I really enjoyed the simple and playful design of this nomination through the use of polished concrete, oak and tile. The approach here is a great example of less is more to create a dynamic design and the bold use of colour, artwork, texture and lighting still create an inspiring approach with a simple pared back palate of colour and material.”
— Christopher Webb

“There’s a calmness and elegance to this, it has a Zen feel. The choice of artwork is perfect.”
— Tina Norden

Disfrutar Restaurant by El Equipo Creativo

“I love this space, I would be very happy there…playful and thoughtful.”
— Tina Norden

“The flow through the kitchen works so well to open the space, I love it.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

Smack by DesignLSM

“This is bold, lovely imagery”
— Tina Norden

“Brilliant atmosphere with a subtle theme. We should go there.”
— Jane Lawrence

Coyo Taco by Urban Robot Associates Inc.

“I really like the bar.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

“This is so fun! Bright and cheerful.”
— Tina Norden

Foundation Coffee House by NoChintz

The panel easily agreed that a simple, refined colour palette and subtle industrial feel made this interior stand out. With deliberate use of lines and geometric pattern, Foundation Coffee House is current and remains effortless.

“This is great; it’s so brave – I really like it.”
— Tina Norden

USINE by Design by Richard Lindvall

“Lovely.”
— Patrick Reardon

“I really love this, it’s so beautiful.”
— Tina Norden

Meat West by Framework Architects

The jury complimented the openness and transparency of Meat West, noting it’s spaciousness and sensitivity to the architecture.

“I really like the integration of the train tracks. There are some really nice touches here”
— Tina Norden

Bar

Mrs Pound by NC Design and Architecture Limited

“Atmospheric, quirky, and fun. Colourful and entertaining…I really like the concept and story.”
— Tina Norden

“The bar uses the theme of two characters portrayed through the bold use of tone and with a dynamic lighting design that creates a truly dramatic interior.”
– Christopher Webb

Onnoji Bettei by Ichinose Design Office

“The use of bamboo throughout the interior to create a dynamic ripple installation to the ceiling prove that one bold and thoughtful idea can create a truly beautiful interior. This, combined with a considered and natural palette of materials and fabric selection adds to the guest experience and theatre. An exciting project, both respectful and forward thinking.”
— Christopher Webb

“Some really lovely details in here”
— Jane Lawrence

Door 19 by Ph.D

“Super unique…once this pop-up closes it will hopefully reopen at another unusual venue creating a new destination and experience.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

“There’s a lot going on but somehow it all works together really well.”
— Tina Norden

“Perfect, lovely”
— Patrick Reardon

“Very well curated for a pop-up, the art is so interesting”
— Jane Lawrence

Bar Rouge by KOKAISTUDIOS

“An elegant, clean design with good functionality and a good combination of old and new elements.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

“In terms of a bar within the genre, it’s fun and sexy. It has a design thesis which will last where others won’t.”
— Patrick Reardon

“There’s a lovely story here”
— Tina Norden

American Express Invites Lounge at the O2 by
Platform Group

The judges were very much impressed by the context of this venue, namely the fact that the design was so special and unique despite having to appeal to the widely ranged customer base of the O2 brand.

“Doing something that has this much personality in such a vast space, is difficult, but it’s been achieved here."
— Tina Norden

“Lovely”
— Patrick Reardon

Royal Court Theatre Bar and Kitchen Refurbishment by Lyndon Goode Architects with Citizens Design Bureau

“I’ve been here and it really captures the spirit of the Royal Court. The simplicity is great”— Jane Lawrence

“The entire project is very well achieved”
– Sabina Wyss di Corrado

“Excellent”
— Patrick Reardon

“Simple, understated and classy. Great atmosphere and design.”
— Tina Norden

Society Wine Lounge by Gatserelia Design

“A great example of one bold idea giving this bar space a strong and intriguing identity. The celebration of wine is cleverly executed whilst still feeling relevant, contemporary and new.”
— Christopher Webb

“Impressive ceiling as a key feature…local young artist used to design the lighting fixture, supporting new talent.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

“I like the ambience and the space”
— Tina Norden

Pennethorne’s Café Bar by SHH

“Good design fitting into the overall design/history of the historic landmark building, Elegant, good use of space…Nice story. Really well mastered challenges.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

“Clean design, nice touches and crisp overall atmosphere”
— Tina Norden

The Dandelyan Bar by Design Research Studio

“Playful storytelling are at the heart of this project. With a nod to the 1970s and ocean liners of yesteryear. The design responds well to the building, location and history of the building. This combined with a quirky sense of Britishness and eccentricity make this project.”
— Christopher Webb

“Elegant, luxurious, clean lines.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

Boki at Urban Villa by Grzywinski + Pons Architects

“I can see a great atmosphere in this”
– Tina Norden

“Very nice, contemporary, I’d like to go there.”
– Patrick Reardon

Hotels

The Heritage House Hotel by HWCD Associates

“I really like this one; it’s got so much appeal.”
— Tina Norden

“The fusion of contemporary dressing, lighting and FF+E works beautifully and respectfully against the historic location and backdrop. The quality of material, rigorous attention to detail in the guestroom and bold use of colour and timber also make the guestroom in particular feel warm, luxurious and effortlessly sophisticated.”
— Christopher Webb

1 Hotel South Beach by Meyer Davis Studio Inc.

“This beautiful design celebrates the location with a cool, clean and exquisite palette of calm and honest materials giving a true sense of the coastal location without the clichés of South Beach. Particular attention in terms of accessories, lighting and artwork help elevate the design still further. A wonderfully relaxed elegant interior”.— Christopher Webb

“Absolutely lovely”
— Patrick Reardon

The Student Hotel by …,staat

Especially considering the target clientele for this hotel, the judges applauded the use of colour to define spaces.

“Fun, many great elements here.”
— Tina Norden

“Very lively and exciting.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

Doubletree by Hilton Melbourne by M&L Hospitality.

“This is amazing.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

“Doesn’t look corporate, they’ve done a wonderful job here.”
— Tina Norden

“There’s a lot of detail. It sends a message out to the world about trying to get hotel design quality up to this level.”
— Jane Lawrence

Knickerbocker Hotel by Gabellini Sheppard Associates

“This restrained use of tone works beautifully to create a sanctuary from the frenetic metropolis. The attention to detail and restrained palette of soft grey and silver give real glamour and warmth to the interior.”
— Christopher Webb

“This is great. Cool, elegant and a lasting concept. It’ll be as fresh in 10 years as it is today.”
— Patrick Reardon

Yasuragi by White Arkitekter AB

“The design reflects the serene surrounding.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

“The fusion of Japanese traditions and Swedish architecture blend effortlessly with the location. The designers have also intelligently used pattern tone and detail in a restrained subtle manner layering this into the respectful approach to material and functionality.”
— Christopher Webb

The Beaumont by Richmond International

The jury was impressed at the level of luxury achieved throughout this hotel. It was agreed that the specified brief had been followed impeccably.

“This is definitely super classy. A beautiful project.”
— Tina Norden

“Classic, elegant, it’s gorgeous.”
— Sabina Wyss di Corrado

Château de la Resle by CDLR Design

With the interior spaces reflecting such exquisite views, the judges marvelled at the attention to detail and carefully curated interiors throughout.

“I really like this, very unusual and unexpected. I’d love to stay there.”
— Tina Norden

“Bridges the gap between contemporary and traditional. Feels very comfortable.”
— Jane Lawrence

Hotel Ulrichshof by noa* - network of architecture

The jury was impressed at the level of refinement brought to a hotel that caters for a family experience. The jury appreciated the fairy-tale theme and its subtle application throughout.

“Really quirky, I love it. Out of the ordinary. Looks like a lot of fun to stay in.”
— Tina Norden

“Theres a remarkable consistency to the theme”
— Jane Lawrence

The winners of the Restaurant, Bar and Hotel Interiors Categories will be announced at the World Interiors News Awards Ceremony at the Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London on 02 December.