5 – Cinco, Berlin, Germany
Das Stue, the Danish for ‘living room’, is a hip hotel in Berlin occupying the former royal Danish embassy. The hotel’s restaurant, 5 – Cinco, is run by famous Catalan chef Paco Pérez. The building dates from 1939 and has been updated by designer Patricia Urquiola, with the dining room centring around a cluster of Tom Dixon copper pendant lamps that give the space a warm, burnished glow.
Bar Luce, Milan, Italy
The new arts centre for Fondazione Prada houses one of the quirkiest cafés in Milan. Named Bar Luce, it was designed by the film director Wes Anderson and features candy-coloured booths inspired by 1950s and 1960s Milan and walls that nod to the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of Milan’s most symbolic buildings. Formica floors, veneered wooden panels and a ‘miniature’ version of the vaulted glass roof of the Galleria elevate it beyond mere pastiche.
NoMad, New York, United States
It goes without saying that New York is home to some of the grandest architecture in every category, and restaurant architecture is no exception. French designer Jacques Garcia is responsible for the ornate restaurant and bar at Manhattan’s NoMad hotel. Using rich materials, sumptuous colours and dark wood, he has created a restaurant interior design experience that is historical, traditional and almost sensuous. The mahogany bar features carved elephants, while flames crackle beneath the antique mantel of the enormous fireplace.