ELLE Decoration’s five top designer dining hotspots around the world, from Vietnam to Helsinki
1 Bakkerswinkel Dutch design studio Piet Hein Eek has just completed its tenth interior design commission, a wondrous bakery and restaurant called Bakkerswinkel in the heart of Rotterdam. The interior displays the studio’s signature aesthetics, featuring distressed timber, concrete, brickwork and mismatched furniture. Piet Hein Eek developed every detail of the space, from the sofas and self-folding lamps to the copper bar and huge tree-trunk table, which was made from a single piece of wood. Schiedamse Vest 99a, 3012 BH Rotterdam. TelephoneL 010 223 26 32 Bakkerswinkel
2 Story In the Old Market Hall in Helsinki, Finland, Story is an interior gem,a cafe-restaurant that showcases a glorious palette of mixed materials to stunning effect. Designed by interior architect Joanna Laajisto and her team, Story has a modern look within a historical setting.The main counter-bar area is oak-panelled, with plenty of shelving and two large blue tinted blackboards. The serving counter is made of stone composite tiles in a herringbone pattern. There’s also a relaxed seating area that features light wooden panelling and a variety of wild herbs displayed in ceramic pots. Simple stools in block colours add splashes of brightness to the neutral palette. Vanha Kauppahalli, Eteläranta, 00130 Helsinki, Finland Telephone: 00 358 10 666 8458 Story
3 Ojalá Madrid-based architecture firm Andrés Jaque completed a fantastical interior for street-food restaurant Ojalá in the Spanish capital. We love the bright aqua walls, deckchair-inspired tabletops and the wooden criss-cross geometric shapes in the cafe area. The whole space feels fun and upbeat, with funky neon lights in the bathroom and hanging planters in the atrium. C. San Andrés 1, 28004, Madrid. Telephone: 00 91 523 2747 Ojalá
4 Chefs Club The interior of this 6,000-square-foot space in NoLiTa, New York City, was designed by architecture firm Rockwell Group, and features a mix of organic materials such as dark walnut, raw concrete, tanned leather and blackened steel. Even the tableware is part of the design vision: local ceramic artist Jono Pandolfi was commissioned to create plates with an unglazed organic underside. Plus, the restaurant also boasts an intimate 24-seat Studio where, on select evenings, superstars such as France’s Hélène Darroze or Hong Kong’s Jowett Yu create remarkable prix-fixe menus paired expertly with wines. Watch the chef at work, ask questions and learn about inspiration, technique and more. The result? A truly contemporary culinary and design experience. 275 Mulberry Street, New York, 10012. Telephone: 00 1 212 941 1100 Chef’s Club
5 Vegan House Once an old rundown building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the 3-floor terraced Vegan House has been transformed into a culinary cultural hotspot for people to meet up and cook traditional Vietnamese food, which – as you’ll guess from the building’s name – is predominantly vegan. The house’s owner had collected a wide range of furniture, window frames, shutters and lampshades before approaching Block Architects, also based in the city, to create something entirely unique. The architects wanted to exploit the secondhand windows, a typical aesthetic of the once French colony, into a creative colour blocking façade. Also the shutters are ideal for the hot humid climate, providing shelter and ventilation and with the interior walls painted white they become the focal element of the building.
Not convinced by any of the above? Then see if you can pick up a copy of Let’s Go Out Again. This book showcases beautifully designed restaurants around the world, from New York to Hong Kong. The result of collaborations between architects, artists, designers, restaurateurs, and chefs, each of these culinary hotspots falls into one of six categories – Understatement, Modern Musings, Rough and Local, Progressive, Graphic Spaces, and Dramatic covers. Let’s Go Out Again , £35.