Conran’s distinctive & classic style wows restaurant design judging panel

Conran’s distinctive & classic style wows restaurant design judging panel

We are very happy to announce that two of our recent restaurant projects, Parlé in Istanbul and Crafthouse in Leeds, have been shortlisted for this year’s Restaurant and Bar Design Awards!

The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards shortlist includes 190 projects across 29 categories from the world’s leading architects, interior designers, lighting designers and hospitality operators. The finalists were chosen from 840 submissions from the UK and 60 other countries.

Crafthouse: The Standalone Restaurant Category

Crafthouse is the centrepiece of the new £350 million Trinity shopping centre in Leeds. Created for leading British restaurateurs D&D London, Crafthouse and its sister bar Angelica are top floor restaurants with views over the city centre and nearby Grade I listed Holy Trinity Church.

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The interiors are unique to the Leeds restaurants, but have been designed by the same design team behind other renowned D&D eateries, including Coq D’Argent, Skylon and Quaglino’s.

An open kitchen faces onto the 144-cover restaurant’s dark oak interior. The design pays homage to Leeds’ proud history in the textile industry, with space dividers inspired by wool looms and ceiling rafts reminiscent of fabric reams.

Tina Norden, associate director at Conran and Partners, described the design concept: “We wanted our design to reflect Leeds’ past and present – both its great industrial heritage, and its status as one of the most vibrant, metropolitan cities in Europe.

“In Crafthouse, we’ve used a palette of heavy materials – oak, marble, dark leather, black ceramics and patinated zinc – to create an industrial feel.

“Room dividers inspired by looms nod to Leeds’ central role in the textile industry.”

Parlé: The International Restaurant Category

Parlé is a modern interpretation of the classic French brasserie in one of Istanbul’s coolest new neighborhoods. Situated at the heart of Istanbul’s most exclusive shopping area and surrounded by high end international fashion brands such as Prada, Burberry and Dolce&Gabbana. Shoppers can step into Parlé and surround themselves with good food, good wine and good company.

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The design is based around the idea of conversation. Taking the French word parlé and using this as a mission statement to create an open, informal space to meet, eat and relax in.

Therefore the general arrangement of furniture has been designed to accommodate a variety of conversations; from individuals stopping to refresh and revitalise intermittently between shopping, to groups of friends wanting to meet in a relaxed stylish space, to couples wishing to dine on a pre-theatre menu in the early evening; Parle has both intimate, open and flexible spaces for all diversity of customer.

The provincial French Brasserie menu formed the basis for the brief – taking key elements of traditional brasseries and simplifying the elements to create a clean modern interior. Copper details – a reference to traditional French cookware – feature throughout: inlayed into the black and white marble floor, topping the cocktail bar, on menus and napkin rings. Two dramatic, custom-designed copper chandeliers light the high-ceilinged space, and copper flagons nestle amongst the wine on the dark timber shelves that line the room.

One of the key design challenges was creating a recognisable, dramatic space with its own identity in an already heavily branded shopping environment. The interiors team worked with the branding team to create a holistic identity that diners could understand and visually recognise.

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Iconographic elements reinforce the association with the Paris of old. Menus, matchboxes and uniforms feature etchings of antique spoons, Champagne saucers and tobacco pipes. These are complemented by custom-crafted, French-inspired typography. Parlé is also full of playful references to abundance. Patrons order from generously-proportioned menus, sweeten their coffee with outsize sugar sachets and dine under lavish lighting.

Together, the identity and environment build a unique story for Parlé, and invite Istanbul’s residents and visitors alike to come and join the conversation.

“Parlé, the French word for ‘conversation’, perfectly encapsulates what this restaurant is about.

“As patrons step into Parlé they leave the hustle and bustle of Istanbul and find themselves surrounded by good food, good wine and good company,” says Conran and Partners’ creative director for brand and product Massimo Acanfora.

Restaurant and Bar Design Awards

The winners of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, now in its sixth year, will be announced during a ceremony at London’s Old Truman Brewery on September 25 2014.

This year’s Awards ceremony will be an act of architectural theatre. “The Great Reveal” will be a celebration of British design and the eclectic mix of food and drink we have within these shores.

The organisers will create a ‘reveal’ where various restaurant and bar spaces will be exposed as the evening of the Awards progresses.

Entirely white, the set will be a highly dynamic and interactive space.