Interiors inspiration: Design Week’s recent stand-outs from the hospitality sector

From an orbital-inspired bar to a restaurant-club hybrid space, these hospitality projects have caught our attention lately.

The Alchemist, by DesignLSM

DesignLSM has redesigned Manchester bar The Alchemist, centring the new décor around the search for the elixir of life and the origins of the universe.

The intertwining patterns of orbital planet pathways are echoed in the interiors of the new space. The bar itself – which seeks to highlight the relationship between light and dark – features contrasting rich-coloured base metals paired with deep blue tiles, framed by two oversized bar lamps.

The lighting has been crafted to fit the planetary narrative, says the studio. The lightshades are intended to act as sculptural statements in the daytime and illuminate the bar and restaurant at night. Another aim was to improve fluidity of movement throughout the venue, which is reflected in the array of furniture, from rusty suede and space blue banquettes.

Additional elements – planet-like bar stools, the marble-effect drinks ledge, the grand masterclass table – seek to reinforce the orbital-inspired storytelling as well as provide the theatrical and luxurious style typical of The Alchemist.

Caravan, by Other Side

Photo courtesy of Ola O. Smit

Interior design studio Other Side worked with Caravan’s creative team to oversee the restaurant’s latest space in Canary Wharf. The restaurant’s central theme – an understated and laid back look and feel – was applied to the interiors, from the earthy render of the walls to textured greens and warm greys of the upholstered seating.

Other Side founder Gavin Mayaveram explains that the aim was to create an urban idyllic retreat, away from the bustle of the business district. “A simple neutral palette of natural and raw materials is warmed up with Palm Springs-inspired finishes and textures,” says Mayaveram. “We added lush green tropical plants within the dividing walls and around the periphery of the site to add texture and to create this sanctuary-like feel.”

The design studio has sought to implement the stripped-back theme across the whole of the 120-seater venue. Exposed original ceilings reveal its architectural features, aiming to creating a spacious atmosphere, which connects with the sandy terrazzo concrete floors.

Warm lighting is supplied through various outlets, seeking to add to the relaxed vibe. Other Side chose perforated brass wall lights, suspended pendant lighting, and exposed lamps to generate a sun-kissed ambience.

Dovetail at the Viceroy, by EDG Design

The interiors of hotel bar and restaurant Dovetail at the Viceroy have been crafted by the global hospitality design team at EDG Design.

The city-inspired indoor-outdoor restaurant, which is based in Washington DC, US, is meant to convey seamless connection of separate pieces that skilfully fit together. The main ambition behind the space pays homage to its chef’s varied culinary background, according to the restaurant.

The first floor offers an intimate dining room where mid-century style meets traditional Victorian-era architecture. Contrasting blue mosaic floor tiles and vibrant yellow upholstery tie in with the mural by custom artwork curator No Kings Collective at the front of the hotel. There are brass accents in the deep blue ceramic tiles of the bar while the chef’s table at the back of the restaurant features a brass globe pendant overhead.

EDG Design also intended to connect the interior restaurant and outdoor patio through the through the large windows. According to the studio, the sculptural faux lawn and topiary elements add a garden-like feel to the green outdoor room.

Area general manager of Viceroy Washington DC, Sherry Abedi says, “Since opening our doors, Viceroy Washington DC has been dedicated to welcoming our neighbours and celebrating the creative and artistic culture Logan Circle is known for. The opening of Dovetail is a testament to this dedication.”

The Paradise Now, by Parasol Island

Design studio Parasol Island has created the interiors for The Paradise Now, which aims to bring a versatile mix of restaurant, bar, bistro and club to life.

The goal was to cultivate a holiday atmosphere into the 1,000 m2 space and the hospitality brand hopes that from the moment of entry, guests will feel tranquillity among the bright colours, lighting, and high ceilings.

The open, airy space of the Düsseldorf-based restaurant and white base tone is designed to complement the calm colours, organic shapes, and natural materials of the wicker furniture. In the hybrid bar/bistro space, the tropical interior carries through with rattan pendant lights and bar stools as well as hanging plants.

Guests who decide to move to the club area will be met with a futuristic getaway under a neon lighting installation, which the designers and owner say will continue the feeling of escapism.

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