Imagine yourself in France at this new restaurant Le Coucou in Soho, New York. Le Coucou is the first American restaurant of chef Daniel Rose who also has a restaurant in Paris called Spring. Designer duo Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman & Williams designed Le Coucou restaurant with the idea of making the restaurant feel like a home. Le Coucou has a beautiful collection of vintage Thonet chairs, a bar that resembles a kitchen counter in front of an antique upgraded oak door and a hand painted mural based on the work of Hubert Robert (an 18th-century French landscape painter). I must say I find the bar space in Le Coucou absolutely stunning, I love the vintage atmosphere in this French restaurant Le Coucou in New York.
At The Butcher’s Daughter fruits and vegetables are being treated the way a butcher would treat its meat. They chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into the most delicious dishes and juices. All productes come from surrounding farms and it’s the ideal place for a healthy breakfast, brunch or dinner. The interior of these restaurants fit perfectly with the dishes that are being served here, it is made of natural and industrial materials such as wood, concrete and brick and of course the space is filled with plants. Whether you sit inside or on one of the outside terraces you can have a healthy meal in a beautiful setting at The Butcher’s Daughter.
Casa Cook Rhodes is a new boutique hotel in a beautiul luxurious bohemian style, the perfect place to lay back, relax and enjoy the sun. The goal is to connect and inspire like-minded travelers who want to embrace and explore local Rhodes culture. Each hotel room opens out onto a long, turquoise blue swim-up pool and they are all decorated uniquely (the hotel even has its own shop were you can buy items to recreate this luxurious bohemian decor at home). I’d already seen a few pictures of Casa Cook but now Anna Malmberg gave us a tour of the resort and it really took my breath away. I’ve never been to Rhodes but seeing Casa Cook Hotel I’m definitely thinking of making a trip south.
The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn is located in a former textile factory from 1901 near the Williamsburg waterfront. The history and character of the building is still very visible in the interior of the Wythe Hotel, through the entire building you will find exposed brick, wooden beams, steel columns and arched windows. The hotel fits perfectly in the surrounding neighbourhood with its laid back attitude and respect for the local history. Not only the bedrooms in The Wythe Hotel are stunning, the Reynards restaurant and the Ides bar are beautifully designed and with the tiled floor, exposed brick and vintage furniture it’s almost as if you step back in time. The bar and restaurant are managed by renowned Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons so you’re guaranteed a wonderful food experience. The Wythe hotel is a stunning raw, industrial hotel where you can truly experience the local Brooklyn vibe.
I’m always looking out for books about interior design and architecture and I have a large post on my tumblr page that I update everytime I find new inspirational books. Today I came across Let’s Go Out Again by Gestalten. This book is filled with interiors for restaurants, bars and unusual food places some of which I have also posted on my blog (f.e. The Jane Restaurant and Väkst restaurant).
Bar Central on the Birger Jarlsgatan in Stockholm is the second Stockholm venture of restaurateur Robert Rudinski. ‘The tank bar’ centres around two horizontal 500 litre stainless steel tanks that, with the addition of a countertop, double as a bar. This restaurant was also designed by architect Frederik Stenberg and artist Jonas Nobel from Uglycute. The shade of green and the zig-zag patterns that were added on the ceiling are similar to the first Bar Central restaurant and the red bar area is a nice contrast to all the green colours. The two contrasting colours look really great together resulting in a diverse, fun and colourful restaurant in Stockholm.
You only have to take a quick glance at the pictures of The Dean Hotel in Dublin to know that this is a cool and fun hotel. The Dean Hotel stands in the centre of Dublin and it’s the ideal place to work, play, eat, dance and sleep. The fifty cool bedrooms in The Dean Hotel are filled with items you could find at a friend’s house: classic vinyl, Marshall amps, Grafton Barber products and Netflix on your tv. I’m not sure if you even want to leave the room with all these amazing things but if you do get a bite at the restaurant, a nice cocktail in the bar or head up to the terrace with a 360 view of Dublin and there’s always lots and lots of music! The Dean Hotel is not a hotel for a quiet stay or as they say ‘there’s always going to be a big buzz around here at night’ but if you like the sound of an energetic, fun and unconventional stay then The Dean Hotel in Dublin is your place to go.
In the Scottish highlands on the grounds of the Cairngorms National Park stands Killiehuntly Farmhouse & Cottage, a stunning boutique hotel filled with Scandinavian design. The estate on which Killiehuntly Farmhouse is built dates back to 1603 and in 2011 the Danish couple Anders Povlsen and Anne Storm Pedersen bought the estate and carefully renovated it and made it into a serene and beautiful hotel.
Lily of the Valley in Paris, designed Marie Deroudilhe, is quite possible the cutest little café I have ever seen. An overhead garden is created by the flowers and greenery that hang from the ceiling. Thanks to the mirrors on the wall the overhead garden feels even bigger than it is. The ceiling isn’t the only place for flowers, there are also floral patterns on the benches, the curtain and the wallpaper in the bathroom. Yet despite the vast amount of floral patterns it doesn’t feel like it is too much because of the combination with the white painted brick wall and the original tile floor. I wouldn’t mind sipping some tea in a floral garden in the middle of Paris.
I love these moments when you see images of a space and you instantly get excited about it. When I saw the images of the new Väkst restaurant in Copenhagen I definitely had one of those moments. Even though the restaurant is in the middle of the city it is as if you’re having dinner in the middle of a garden thanks to the large greenhouse, built through the two floors of the space, that is placed in the middle of the restaurant.