Inspiring Spaces - Restaurants

Inspiring Spaces
Inspiring Spaces - Restaurants
Ixi'im Merida Restaurant Interiors

Ixi'im, Merida, Mexico

Ixi'im's elegantly decayed stone exterior sits majestically at the front of a huge lawn within the grounds of Chable Resort, a luxury hotel which was once a sisal plantation. Inside, the interiors of the dining space are dark and sensuous. The crumbling walls are smartened up with boldly patterned floor tiles and marble table tops. Housing the world's largest private tequila collection, 3,165 bottles are displayed along the walls in glass cabinets illuminated with lambent light.

Muse Restaurant by Tom Aikens

MUSE, London

Set within a converted Georgian townhouse in Belgravia, British chef Tom Aiken's 25-cover fine dining restaurant is evidence that good things come in small packages. The interior design scheme is inviting and intimate. Luxurious fabrics, marble surfaces and wood panelling are contrasted with eclectic and contemporary touches, such as bold floral displays of clashing red and hot pink orchids.

Ikoyi Restaurant Interiors by Sophie Ashby

Ikoyi, London

With a menu as punchy and dynamic as Ikoyi's, the West African restaurant's interiors had to be just as bold. London-based interior design studio Sophie Ashby incorporated bespoke elm tables, mid-century modern chairs, warm tones of ochre, earthenware pendant lights and dark terrazo floors. 

Image of a waiter setting a table at Liza Beirut Restaurant in Lebanon.

Liza Beirut

Situated in the former Abdallah Bustros Palace, the 19th century interiors of this Lebanese restaurant in Beirut are still regal and lavish, yet with a playful edge that prevents the place from feeling stuffy. A creamy palette is offset with bespoke wallpaper and Moorish style interior windows.

Open space bar and dining at Cafe Murano by Angela Hartnett.

Cafe Murano Bermondsey, London

The popular Italian eatery by renowned chef Angela Hartnett opens its third branch serving up simple but sumptuous interiors designed by GS Contracts. Glazed tiles, textured glass, chandeliers and a timber-panelled bar provide a rich mix of textures.

Bar seating at Kolamba restaurant in Soho, London.

Kolamba, Soho, London

Sri Lankan dining goes back to basics in this Soho restaurant. The interior designers, Studio Fils and Whitebox London, combine aged brickwork, raw plasterwork and dark wood for stripped-back, Geoffrey Bawa-inspired vibes. Batik art by Sonali Dharmawardena and paper pendant lights also give a subtle nod to the island aesthetic.

An image of the interiors of Wilder, Shoreditch, London

Wilder, Shoreditch, London

Located in the basement of East London’s Boundary hotel, legendary British designer Terence Conran’s new restaurant celebrates wild, foraged ingredients under the watchful eye of chef Richard McLellan. Architecture studio Kirkwood McCarthy crafted a grand, impressive space with an earthy feel.

Bar counter seating at Padella restaurant in Shoreditch, London.

Padella Shoreditch, London

This is the new outpost for Padella, which garnered a cult following since initially opening in Borough Market. The designers at DayStudio offset multicoloured marble surfaces against golden details and stripped-back walls. The signature open kitchen allows guests to watch the chefs make fresh Italian pasta while dining.

Restaurant area of Helene Darroze ad The Connaught, Mayfair, London.

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair, London

French designer Pierre Yovanovitch has revamped the interiors of Michelin-starred French chef Hélène Darroze’s restaurant to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The new design shows a bold contrast of colours and furnishings in yellow, red and salmon-pink hues.

Restaurant seating at Folie Restaurant, Soho, London

Folie, Soho, London

The interior designers behind Chiltern Firehouse, Studio KO, have injected "the sensuality and glamour of the 1960s and 70s" into the interiors of this Mediterranean eatery. Terrazzo flooring is softened up with patterned carpet and special attention has been given to the seating which is a combination of leather banquettes and blue velvet armchairs.