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Entries in Restaurants (12)

Monday
Oct282013

TELLING A STORY THROUGH ART

How would you like start your week by taking a short trip to Mexico City? The trek might be worth just to visit the charming restaurant Malamén. Located in the trendy neighborhood of Polanco, the eatery was designed by Ricardo Casas Design Office with one of the most fun collection of memorabilia and wall art I've seen in a while. It's very interesting the way they created different visual stories in every single wall vignette which give the restaurant a homey and eclectic flair. It looks like a delightful place to grab a bite to eat.

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Wednesday
Jun122013

TALKING IN CIRCLES

Seventeen oversized concrete pipes stacked over each other create the captivating façade of the Prahran Hotel bar in Melbourne. Designed by Australian architecture studio Techne, the new venue offers a unique entertainment experience, especially for those sipping a cocktail inside one of the circular conduit-like booths. It looks like a fun place to meet up with friends for happy hour. Right?

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Thursday
May232013

WHEN IN ROME

The first thing that comes to mind when I look at this gorgeous room is that it's the private residence of someone with exquisite taste. Much to my surprise, this loft-like space is a fabulous Osteria and Pizzeria not far from Rome's city center. Noses Architects designed Kook with an eclectic flair that celebrates the old-world Italian aesthetic but with enough contemporary touches to create a special place where you can enjoy delicious Roman fare.

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Wednesday
Apr032013

HONORING THE PAST

Do you have plans of going to Paris any time soon? If you happen to be so lucky, you absolutely have to stop by the recently renovated Café Artcurial by architect and art lover Charles Zana. The revamped look is a hybrid between bold sophistication and that old Parisian flair we've all fallen for. Zana's use of materials is exquisite, creating a modern space that honors the past. If you're totally loving Zana's new vision for this iconic restaurant, you can easily achieve the same vibe for your home with some of the pieces I'm suggesting below.

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Thursday
Nov292012

A HOST LIKE NO OTHER

Warm and inviting with the unmistakable sense of Scandinavian coziness is what makes Copenhagen’s new Nordic restaurant Höst a delicious setting to dine. Norm Architects has created an organic environment in an urban setting by using “materials that age gracefully: recycled wood that has washed up on the west coast, granite in uneven pieces, concrete with clear structures and deviations, old cast iron and dented zinc. All of this is offset by a warm trickling light, soft wool rugs and lambskin”. Norm has even designed an exclusive dinnerware collection for Höst to compliment the raw and minimalist beauty of the space. I'm in love. This place is to dine for.

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Wednesday
Nov142012

COFFEE WITH STYLE

I'm happy to see coffee houses breaking away from the Starbucks model. Don't get me wrong. I love Starbucks and all, but after seeing one in every corner of Manhattan, it's refreshing to find cool and modern versions sprouting around the globe. Newly-opened Café Craft reinterprets the Parisian neighborhood coffee shop experience. Its striking interiors, dominated by the contrast of black and white, were designed by Parisian Studio Pool offering locals a beautiful space where to relax and work while enjoying a delicious cappuccino or a snack. This one is definitely going on my must-visit list for my next trip to Paris.

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Friday
Nov022012

A STYLISH NEW ENTRÉE

I remember planning my trip to Copenhagen over the Summer and reading about how wonderful the eating experience at the award-winning Noma was supposed to be. For the last three years the eatery has been named “World’s Best Restaurant” and a reservation waiting list is pretty much the norm in this place—one of the reasons why I didn't have the chance to dine there. Coincidentally, the restaurant's interiors have been recently revamped by Danish studio Space Copenhagen, which changed the decor color palette from its original earth tones to black and gray tones, and replaced the furniture. “It was very much about using organic materials such as wood, stone, leather, brass and linen in a new way; materials that age beautifully over time,”  described the designers Peter Bundgaard Rützou and Signe Bindslev Henriksen. Hmm, I guess this is yet another good reason to plan ahead and make a reservation at this coveted gourmet gem—of course, for those living in the Danish capital. Happy weekend!

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Thursday
Jun072012

RAW SOPHISTICATION

Pulling off a run-down industrial look it's not an easy task, but interior designer George Livissianis successfully achieved the style in The Apollo, a handsome eatery in Sydney, Australia. Trying to imitate a Greed landscape, he went for simple, natural finishes and a rather dusty color palette. This place is all about textures and materials, giving the restaurant a raw sophistication, setting the perfect mood for a special dining experience.

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