Matthew Powell | October 25, 2013
These five American and European restaurant designers are flying high:
1. Paulo Merlini Architect
Location: Gondomar, Portugal.
Standout: Wrapping down from ceiling to wall, lacquered CNC-cut MDF fins resemble white icing dripping around this bakery café.
Photography: João Morgado.
2. Sandra Tarruella Interioristas
Project: Taberna Japonesa Wabi-Sabi.
Location: Valladolid, Spain.
Standout: Internally lit tuna, catfish, and puffer fish, handmade from parchment paper, float through a tavern.
Photography: Meritxell Arjalaguer.
3. International Architects Atelier
Location: Kansas City, Missouri.
Standout: A reference to the “air” in air-roasted coffee, an actual 1940’s Douglas DC-3 takes off from the roof’s “runway” in painted steel.
Photography: Assassi Productions.
4. Equipo Creativo
Location: Barcelona, Spain.
Standout: A pine canopy with vibrant cotton yarn is Japanese-Peruvian fusion, like the cuisine at this encore from El Bulli’s brothers, Albert and Ferran Adrià.
Photography: Adrià Goula.
5. G + Gulla Jonsdottir Design
Location: Los Angeles.
Standout: The sunflower-inspired botanical theme starts with the entry’s embossed concrete floor and continues with the ceiling’s backlit tracery.
Photography: Studio Ñ.