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The designers of Host bring the feeling of eating outdoors on a rural, Scandinavian farmyard indoors, within an urban context. - AFP photos
Höst’s rustic minimalism wins Restaurant and Bar Design Award.
THERE are no monolithic art installations, state-of-the-art light projections, cascading chandeliers or gold-leafed plates at the most beautiful restaurant in the world.
Instead, the Copenhagen eatery which took the award for Best Overall Restaurant design at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in London last week could be described as rustic minimalism at its best.
The fact that industry experts chose Höst as the epitome of style at the fifth edition of the awards signals a deepening appreciation for pared down, rustic, Scandinavian design, executed thoughtfully and intelligently.
“The minimalism and simplicity so present in Höst give the impression that this isn’t a commercial setting at all, but someone’s country kitchen in rural Denmark,” say editors of the site.
Judges of the influential competition include designers and experts from Britain and around the world, including editors of Wallpaper and Frame magazines.
A joint collaboration between Norm Architects and Danish designers Menu, vintage wooden chopping boards hanging on whitewashed, exposed brick walls, natural and weathered wood, and soft throw blankets warm up what would have been an otherwise cold and grey space with its concrete floors and wood-panelled ceiling.
Diners tuck into dishes such as North Sea cod with green tomatoes and smoked cheese or free-range pork with fermented garlic, pickled and raw beetroot on custom-designed ceramic and slate plates under black scissor spring lamps which hang overhead and offer a punch of urban and industrial modernity.
The intended result? To bring the feeling of eating outdoors on a rural, Scandinavian farmyard indoors, within an urban context, explained designer Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen.
Taking the international award for Best Bar, meanwhile, was Atrium Champagne Bar in London.
For all the winners, visit www.restaurantandbardesignawards.com/entries/winners. – AFP Relaxnews
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