Restaurant Design

Delicious food and an attentive wait staff are part of what make a restaurant experience great, but if you're visiting a themed eating establishment or bar, the concept takes center stage. The theme will influence the architecture, food, music, and ambience of the restaurant or bar, transporting you out of the everyday, perhaps into another time period or part of the world. David Tallichet, a Texan entrepreneur, has been called the father of the themed restaurant; in the 1960's, he began decorating Southern California restaurants as Polynesian islands, New England fishing villages and French farmhouses. Since then, period bars, medieval banquets and futuristic eateries have been popular in the U.S. and across the world.


Steaks on a Plane! 1950s Aircraft Converted to Restaurant in Coventry, UK

Posted on August 5, 2011

We all know the reputation airplane meals have: meager portions, strange packaging, and unidentifiable mush - a little bit like your elementary school cafeteria, but at cruising altitude. The meals ...

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Interactive Tables at Inamo Restaurant, London

Posted on August 1, 2011

While we haven’t seen any restaurants featuring the food replicator as seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation, we are seeing plenty that automate the dining experience in various ways. ...

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A Tokyo Cafe Designed for Parents and Their Babies

Posted on July 24, 2011

It’s easy to forget how big the world seemed when we were small children; not just in the sense of possibility, but in actual scale. Back when we were eye-level ...

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The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Inspired Restaurants of Fantastic Design Works Co

Posted on July 7, 2011

Tokyo has established itself as a hotbed for themed restaurants ranging from the charming homage to the downright strange. If your taste leans to the extreme dining experience, check out ...

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An Indian Cafe with Serious Design Mojo

Posted on June 25, 2011

There’s a good chance that this coffee shop will overload your visual sense before you’ve had your morning cup of joe. Once you are fully caffeinated, or just viewing it ...

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3gatti’s ‘Zebar’ Makes the Cut

Posted on June 16, 2011

The story behind Zebar’s design and construction lies at the intersection of a couple of different worlds: that of east and west, as well as that of the digital and ...

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TREE Restaurant Celebrates Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted on June 11, 2011

Koichi Takada’s TREE Restaurant, also known as Sushi Train Sutherland, in Sydney, Australia explores the natural themes and forms that first began to take shape in his CAVE Restaurant. On ...

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Lookout Cafe: A Refuge for the Minimalist Skier

Posted on June 4, 2011

Here at we try to bring you a variety of projects, ranging from the most high-tech and out-of-this-world to those with a zen-like minimalism and simplicity. The thread that ...

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Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out at The Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge

Posted on June 1, 2011

Before the Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge opened in Los Angeles last month, there was one question everyone seemed to be asking: is the Rolling Stone Los Angeles (RSLA) going ...

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Branching Out at The Tote by Serie Architects

Posted on May 25, 2011

Today we’d like to welcome back Chris Lee and Kapil Gupta from Serie Architects. The last project of theirs we featured here was a mind-boggling ceiling installation at the Kennedy ...

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