It’s been over 2 weeks since the Milan Design Week 2016. We weren’t there but we kept our ears pealed to the ground. One of the notable highlights was the impressive pop up restaurant designed by Tom Dixon in collaboration with leading quartz manufacturer, Caesarstone.
The interactive installation called “The Restaurant” was based at the Milan Children’s Museum (MUBA) in the historical Rotonda della Besana in Milan. It was made of four conceptual kitchens. With inspiration from the four elements – Earth, Air, Water and Fire, each kitchen creates a multi-sensory experience for guests.
The British designer, Tom Dixon designed each dining area to feature colours and materials based on each element whilst showcasing Caesarstone’s designs. Tom’s product design also features albeit with secondary prominence. We definitely have a soft spot for his lighting ranges. They are so exquisite.
“In Milan this year, we wanted to collaborate with Caesarstone to inspire architects and designers through a radical interpretation of how food and surfaces can interact in different ways, delivering a food experience that challenges all the senses in an exercise of materiality, luminosity and texture. Reflecting on the four medieval elements, we have created totally distinctive smells, tastes and visual experiences within each room.” Tom Dixon.
Image credit: www.tomdixon.net
Damien Hirst with some help from English chef Mark Hix has recently opened an art-themed restaurant in his new Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London.
“Pharmacy 2 combines two of my greatest passions: art and food,” says Hirst of the new project.
As he did with the previous restaurant, he has fully expressed his love for pharmaceuticals in the design of the restaurant space. The design oozes his reputable creativity and attention to detail.
The multi-millionaire artist, Hirst’s art work decorates the interior walls of the restaurant. The rear wall also houses a large medicine cabinet with real items.
Large glass stained windows draw the eye in with a colour explosion of red and blue. We like how skilfully the pill motifs are used throughout. The bar area, the floors, the chairs enjoy a bit of medicinal therapy. A great example of thoughtful design which is not clinical but uniquely tasteful.
His aim to revive the original Notting Hill restaurant, Pharmacy is incredibly commendable.
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Photography: Pudence Cuming Associates
Lighting can be more than an accent to a space, it can also be the main feature piece by allowing the light’s design and colour to really stand out from the rest of the space. Ceilings often provide an excellent platform to display unique lighting installations especially in commercial interiors as seen in these restaurants.
We also came across these examples where the lights match the colour palette of the space complementing the overall colour scheme beautifully.
One of the things that stand out about the next set of designs is the way they show off geometry. By being paired with rather neutral tones and muted hues, the eye is easily drawn to the intricate line patterns. It is practicality perfectly balanced with aesthetics.
Great lighting and bridges are usually a beauty to behold. Two great examples are The Solvesborg Bridge in Sweden and the High Trestle Trail Bridge. The Solvesborg Bridge which uses colour-changing luminaries was awarded one of the ten most interesting bridges in the world in 2013. The blue lights at the High Trestle trail bridge in Madrid are certainly mesmerising at night.
There certainly is no limit to using lighting to make a bold statement in design.
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