Yucca Lounge in Shanghai, China is a cocktail lounge with modern Mexican feel. The interior design is by Shanghai-based design agency Dariel Studio. Inspired by Mexican art with touches of Salvador Dali, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the Yucca Lounge is a surrealist bar room with daring colours and design in trendy Shanghai.
SEWA Restaurant in Hong Kong, China has a cosmopolitan setting that captures the character of its locale. Designed by TsAO & McKOWN Architects, this rooftop restaurant with vistas of the Hong Kong Harbour and the HSBC headquarters in the commercial district has distinct “neighbourhoods” within the establishment. The Harbour Side dinning area offers casual atmosphere; the Bank Side dinning area has warm tones of ivory and ebony; and buttercup yellow serves as counterpoint to Bank Side’s Minimalism.
Located near Grand Central Station in New York, D’Espresso attracted a lot of media attention for its unique interior design. Inspired by the nearby Bryant Park Library, Manhattan based nemaworkshop designed the interior to look like a library turned on its side. The floor, ceiling and one side of the wall are lined with tiles with full size photograph of books. One of the walls is covered with herringbone-patterned oak flooring while the opposite wall has lights sticking out from the side to look like the ceiling. The owner Eugene Kagansky spent $500,000 to create the imaginative interior of this 500-square-foot coffee shop.
Café Germain in the 6th Arrondissement in Paris, France is a contemporary work of art. The attention grabbing centrepiece of the café is the yellow sculpture of a woman (“Sophie”) in high heels. Created by artist Xavier Veilhan, the lower half of the sculpture stands on the first floor while the upper half breaks through the ceiling to the second floor of the café. Thierry Costes, the owner of the café, invited Paris-based interior designer India Mahdavi to create the rest of the interior space. Mahdavi used black and white tile floor, and orange and green anise chairs to complement the yellow sculpture.