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How to Bring Home the Look of Your Favourite Restaurants… Part III

Today’s restaurants have perfected the art of dining. Why not adopt some of their tricks
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 04-09-2021 11:30am

From brave colour combinations to banquet seating and stunning light fixtures, there’s so much inspiration to be found in restaurant design now. In a three-part feature series, we look at adapting our favourite looks for the home.

- Dabbous, Whitfield Street, West London
Serving modern European cuisine, this restaurant and bar named after chef and co-proprietor Ollie Dabbous, is industrially styled with materials including steel, glass, concrete and wire mesh. The minimal and fuss-free design by the architect Brinkworth reflects the dishes on the menu.

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Dabbous, West London

- Dishoom, Shoreditch, East London
Paying homage to the old Irani cafés this restaurant is bringing a taste (and feel) of India to London with a menu filled with Bombay café-style food. Its eccentric interior, designed by Russell Sage Studio, is decorated with textured glass, decoratively tiled floors, bentwood chairs, industrial lighting and the walls are hung with framed sepia photos.
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Dishoom, East London

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Just as restaurants are blurring the boundaries between cooking and dining areas so are many kitchen designs, with a lot of us choosing open-plan rooms and incorporating seating around a central island. When this fourth wall as such is removed it means that there can be an unbroken conversation between cook and guests and diners get an idea of what’s happening behind the scenes. This sociable aspect can be created in your own kitchen with a design that is reminiscent of a bistro, café or brasserie that you would go to for hearty food, and to soak up the atmosphere while catching up with friends or reading a good book. Think intimate lighting, tall bar stools and interesting tiled flooring. A touch of authenticity can be achieved with French café-style chairs, a chalkboard wall and a selection of vintage wall posters. There’s an industrial element in this style of kitchen which gives it a desirable raw and textural beauty. Materials such as stainless steel, glass, copper, brass and rustic wood are used to add eye-catching and tactile interest. Due to these characteristics, the industrial look has proved to be one of the most popular trends that has filtered through from restaurants into interiors.

Sociable Scene
Dark timbers, Crittal walls and bronzed finishes set the tone for this bespoke kitchen by McCarron & Co. A room divider will separate either a dining area or wine room and a raised bar will make a great entertaining space. Prices for the Albermarle kitchen start from £30,000.

Albermarle kitchen by McCarron & Co

Eating In
Incorporating casual seating at a breakfast bar is a great idea. Here, the countertop is bespoke-made from reclaimed wood for a tactile and warm touch in contrast to the marble worktop. Add subtle focal lighting and splashback tiles. Keats pendants, from £65; Elcot tiles from £43 for a set of 44; Suffolk kitchen, from £9,000, all from Neptune.

Suffolk kitchen by Neptune

Theatre of Cooking
Inspired by the relaxed ambience of a French brasserie, the handcrafted Brasserie kitchen by Smallbone features a workstation island, a large dresser with open shelving and a batterie de cuisine. It’s made from solid oak with a tactile, pickled finish and is priced from £40,000.

Brasserie kitchen by Smallbone

Credit: Emma Foale (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 240, April 2016. Prices mentioned are at the time of publication

Also read:
How to Bring Home the Look of Your Favourite Restaurants… Part I
How to Bring Home the Look of Your Favourite Restaurants… Part II

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What are some of your favourite restaurant looks?

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