Designer    Feature 18 Sep 2017

Be inspired by the interior designs of these internationally-acclaimed restaurants


Created by El Equip Creativo, this restaurant design was based on the principles of combining opposites: man and woman; night and day; and black and white. The space is a former canning warehouse and much of its original character survived the huge renovation. The large area has been divided up into different functions but with bright red paint being used

El Equipo Creativo |



Owners Martin Luney and Colin Church undertake all their own interiors at their Edinburgh restaurant. The inspiration for the refurbishment of the bar, which had originally been conceived as a northern outpost of a Shoreditch-style bar, is New York’s Greenwich Village. The fresh new look includes ‘swampy green’ walls, bright enough for summer, but still cosy in the winter months. A key colour is acid blue which features both indoors and out in the garden as well as a feature wall of House of Hackney wallpaper and a nod to the tropics with banana leaves, ferns and grasses. Outside is a bespoke mural created for the bar by Kent graffiti artist and illustrator Mr Doodle. The artist, who is 23 and studied illustration at Bristol University, has previously undertaken pieces for the Callooh Callay Bar, London, and MTV.

The Blackbird |



On the site of what was once a traditional, rather run-down pub, the Cambridge Street Kitchen in Pimlico is part of the adjoining Artist Residence hotel. Its bright and breezy style is bolstered by a selection of artworks which, in keeping with the style of the hotel (and other Artist Residence locations in Brighton, Cornwall
and Oxford), is hand-picked by owners Justin and Charlotte Salisbury, adding an eclectic touch to the welcoming, homely style. Cambridge Street Kitchen |



RCR Arquitectes teamed up with sintered stone brand Neolith to create the striking colour-washed walls and surfaces at the Enigma restaurant in Barcelona. The project began with a watercolour painting on two sheets of A1 paper.

The architects’ idea was to apply this painting across all the stone surfaces, creating gentle colour gradients that range from deep greens and blues to pale grey and white. Neolith used a new digital printing technique to print the patters directly on to the stone surface.

The space is completed by other unusual details, including a cloud- like ceiling of textured fabric, glazing with a wood grain effect, and chairs that look like they have been sculpted from blocks of ice.

Enigma |

RCR Arquitectes |

Neolith by TheSize |

Published in Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine