Restaurants and bars used to be judged upon the quality of the food and drinks they offer. Nowadays ambiance and great environment count almost as much as food, beverage and service.
With previous experience in interior design for hospitality in Europe, I am really interested in the designs that artists create in bars and restaurants. Playing with shapes, textures, colors and lighting to create different atmospheres at different times of the day is something really challenging but exciting.
And when interior designers get it right, it is extremely rewarding! I’ve identified a series of bars and and restaurants worldwide that have an exceptional setting and I comment each of them, highlighting what makes them unique.
London is one of the most international cities in the world. It gathers a lot of nationalities and thanks to the diversity of its inhabitants and tourists, it absorbs a lot influences from a tremendous diversity of cultures. Today, and to end this series about “Bars and Restaurants Interior Design”, I chose to feature the Chinese Restaurant Hutong Shard, located next to London Bridge. Because the Chinese community is so big in San Francisco, I thought that it would be totally relevant to cover the setting of this restaurant that integrates the major codes of chinese interior design. Amongst them, lighting design is the most important: This is also a tribute to the International Year of Light.
Hutong Shard is a sister to the Hong Kong Hutong restaurant. Situated on level 33, the UK venue offers a stunning view of London. From London, this restaurant is a ticket to China. And to be more specific, to two different parts of China: Shanghai and Beijing. Indeed, the venue is split into two distinctive areas – the Shanghai side and the Beijing side.
The first main element within each of the spaces is the bar which is clad in stone and wood. These are dramatically illuminated with very narrow pools of light on the bar top and shafts of light across the wooden back bar in the Beijing bar and across the feature ceiling in the Shanghai bar. Concealed warm white LED profiles illuminate the glass displays whilst also providing working light for the staff. Lighting design, the major component of this amazing setting was designed by Into, award-winning and multidisciplinary lighting design consultancy. The result is a theatrical and low-glare lighting scheme.