Hos­pi­tal­ity - Restau­rant LW De­sign Sev­enty Sev­enty

Identity - - ID DESIGN AWARDS 2018 -

The task for the de­sign­ers was daunt­ing: trans­form an un­der-utilised mez­za­nine level into a stand­alone bar lounge that draws in­spi­ra­tions from the mu­sic, fash­ions and iconic style of the 1970s.

The main chal­lenge of the space was to ex­tend the mez­za­nine level to ac­com­mo­date the new de­sign with­out com­pro­mis­ing the struc­tural in­tegrity of an ex­ist­ing ver­ti­cal slab. To ac­com­plish this, a new can­tilevered mez­za­nine floor was placed above the restau­rant to cre­ate the space for the stand­alone bar.

The in­ti­mate space is clad in oak tim­ber pan­els whose soft curves are high­lighted with dis­creet low-level light­ing. Dan­ish de­sign clas­sics are clus­tered in small groups on the black slate floor, which is lay­ered with wool and sisal rugs. The re­cessed shelv­ing dis­plays a col­lec­tion of old tran­sis­tor ra­dios, vin­tage vinyls and gramo­phone play­ers. De­tails such as a gen­uine record player with clas­sics from the time that can be cho­sen and played by the guests, and even cock­tail menus within record cov­ers, fur­ther re­call the strong mu­si­cal in­flu­ence of the time.

The judges ad­mired how the de­sign­ers over­came the ver­ti­cal chal­lenge of the wall bound­aries while cre­at­ing a warm, el­e­gant am­bi­ence and a beau­ti­ful – and funky – at­mos­phere.

Jes­per Peter­son and Poo­jah Mu­lani of LW De­sign with Lesly Lobo, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Lobo & Li­s­tone

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