This season’s hottest restaurant interior design trends

Trying to satisfy our taste buds, we turned to three designers to show off the most delicious restaurant styles.

In the movie Tom Ford in 2016 Animal for the night, Adams as Susan Morrow suffered a heart attack when her ex-husband Edward Sheffield, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, stood up to her. dinner in an anonymous restaurant. As the camera pans to reveal Morrow’s disassociation with grief, in the best traditions of high cinema, it reveals a beautiful Japanese watercolor panel framed in black wood. From the restaurant inside the Yamashiro palace in North Hollywood.

Spaces tell stories like clothes and books. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s delicious descriptions of the interior of the Buchanans The great gatsby paints a fair picture of its rich citizens. The wind blew through the room, the curtains fluttered in and out like pale flags, fluttering up the frosted wedding cake of the ceiling and then fluttering over the wine-colored carpet, creating a shadow like the wind. by the sea.


The curtains flying in the living room of the Buchanans is the image that came to mind when James JJ Acuña, creative director at the JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio said in the design architecture and design practice told Le Coucou in New York. “Everything about Le Coucou is a house. It’s like home,” he said. “We are trying to expand our areas at home.” Not to mention Le Coucou is beloved by our generation’s Great Gatsby, the romantic Anna Delvey.

When it comes to interior design trends, Acuña sees two almost polar aesthetic movements gaining traction among his clients. First, it helps restaurateurs and their customers to quench the evolutionary thirst for harmony with nature – on some level, at least. “There’s an element of nature,” he explains. “We have wood, but I think people prefer terracotta, clay, clay, like marble and stone, made with a lot of flour. . People want something more powerful and authentic, even if it’s a beautiful place. Acuña notes hand-painted wallpaper depicting ancient scenes and pottery as decorations everywhere; A variation of that design style can be seen in the new German fine dining restaurant Heimat, designed by Acuña and his team for The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, former executive director Peter Find. Its inspirations are long and wide: the parquet floors reflect the Schleswig-Holstein hausbarn, with its concept of family living above and farm animals below. Marble, wood and tile are well received in the space, with panoramic panels, although here they are more abstract than the beautiful wallpaper recommended by the designer.


Then there is a style for what this writer – not deterred by a lack of academic training – describes as “refined beauty”. “There are many contemporary art- and modern-esque museums with clean surfaces, white walls, concrete and glass in different colors,” says Acuña, a beautiful choice to could be mistaken for minimalism, but Acuña felt abandoned. His reign in the view is better known with references to the past centuries showing a new flair. “A lot of our customers travel the world. They see design from different times and they want that look in their place,” he said. “What’s new for me is taking those references from around the world and lightening it a little, giving it a levity, using color or objects, or to slightly change the direction of the draft.”

One example of that approach is Korean fine dining venue Hansik Goo, designed by JJ Acuna/Bespoke Studio for award-winning chef Mingoo Kang. The private room’s vertical surfaces are inspired by 14th-century Bukchon Hanok villages in Korea, while white limestone cut and poured into a terrazzo form unique floor patterns that evoke solid walls. to protect the Hanok houses (the floors are reminiscent of the common classes in the Soviet. – cultural schools and universities, made in a postmodern style). “It captures the style of Seoul without the traditional Korean aesthetic. Hansik Goo is not like the Korean restaurants you can imagine in Hong Kong,” said Acuña. “We decided to be more poetic and ambient about it than [it being the] Korean Disneyfiction.


Terrazzo is another ubiquitous element in restaurant design, as I was told by Kevin Lim, chef and co-founder of the award-winning interdisciplinary design studio, OPENUU, which he also runs. with his wife Caroline Chou. “Terrazzo is everywhere. Growing up, we used to see it in Hong Kong. Many stairs are made with it,” he said. Lim jokingly recalls seeing terrazzo on various lists of “interior design trends not to follow”.

For some, however, minimalism remains at the forefront of interior design trends. According to Yuki Yasukagawa, the creative director of Design East International, “There is a sense of minimalistic, not overly embellished. [interiors], using materials that speak for themselves, such as stainless steel and contrast with glass and semi-transparent glass. Some of Design East’s current trends include Yakiniku Ichiro in Jordan and Wan Chai’s Tenzushi.


Unlike JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, however, Design East also incorporates an eclectic approach to design. Yasukagawa explained that his latest project, the American-Italian restaurant Oro on Stanley Street, combines a “good balance of old and new, using old, train them and rethink what they are”. One of the most amazing things of Oro is the staircase, “to connect the 30th and 31st floor, and it’s small. I made it full of glass to increase the space and make it a “It’s not a perfect place. I really like the effect of walking in a space with different angles and thoughts,” he said.

Regarding accessories, Yasukagawa points to Kelly Wearstler’s accessories as inspiration. “He combines beautiful design with his furniture,” he says. “Everything is very compact – it’s very different from Japanese minimalist design concepts.”


It’s hard to analyze interior design trends without pointing out the variety of Instagrammable Spots. According to Acuña, “People are losing the idea of ​​Instagrammable places,” which he described as “too saccharine – they’re good at first, then you take a picture. After you leave , you know you don’t want to go back there.” His approach to solving applications for such areas is in a holistic approach to planning. “The designer’s job is to draw [the client] finally asked, ‘After [the customers] photography, what to offer? How has this become a part of their daily lives?’ How many shiny or finished copper lamps and round selfie glasses can one have?”, he asked with a smile.

On the other hand, it appears that the character has devoted followers, including Lim. “There is a corner where people line up and take pictures. I noticed that in some restaurants, the lighting is necessary to illuminate the food,” he told me. He still supports the idea of ​​holistic design.


“We’re trying to do it organically,” he said. “We’re always trying to make everything Instagrammable, so wherever you sit give everything the right time,” and added a detail about comfort. “As Instagrammable as [certain spaces might be]they may not consider the relief until after the fact.

Whether it’s a new or forgotten home design project, creative designs with rich references seem to be the way to go. Because, like all good fiction, the character drives the story.

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