6 restaurant designs whose style you’ll want to gobble up

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    While everyone else in a restaurant is Instagramming their food, here at Livingetc we’re busy taking notes on the interior design, finding style tips that we can take home (along with a doggy bag).

    In the pink at The Gallery Restaurant at Sketch

    Not since the late, great Barbara Cartland have we seen pink worked so successfully. Here it’s exuberantly mashed up with Great Gatsby-via-Biba style to give the ultimate palate cleanser. Designer India Madhavi’s chic combo of herringbone tiled floor, copper highlights and those sponge-finger-like chairs say glam, glam, glam! David Shrigley‘s deadpan, monochrome art adds a savoury edge.

    Bringing the outdoors in at The Ivy Chelsea Garden
    Houseplant haters look away now. London icon The Ivy‘s latest outpost is a green-fingered celebration of flora and fauna. From the jungle-like ceiling and vegetal motifs on the lighting to some very covetable plants, it’d probably get gold at the Chelsea Flower Show. Wrought iron and Lloyd Loom-style woven chairs create a relaxed Mediterranean air.

    Nautical but nice at Rotorino
    All aboard the good ship Rotorino with its porthole mirrors, reclaimed industrial lighting and that cocooning, curved wooden ceiling. The palette’s a warmed-up nautical, think Seventies sepia with graphic tiled walls that create interest and add depth to the space. Thankfully, it doesn’t lilt… or not at least until you’ve worked your way through the speciality Lambrusco wine list. Anchors away!

    Hang it all at the Berners Tavern
    When it comes to making a statement, more is definitely more. Not content with being a gigantic room that’s topped with the most elaborate coffered plaster ceiling, the not-very-tavern-like Tavern goes large with its art too. Walls are crowded with elaborate frames in a 19th-century style that’s as busy as the bar on a Friday night.

    Mixing up the florals at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
    Inspired by the faded glamour of a country house estate, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings revisits the traditional conservatory with white painted walls and a profusion of old-school spider plants and ferns. The twist in the tale is a winning hotchpotch of bold floral fabrics that add a sprinkling of Carmen Miranda.

    Get down with upcycling at Grain Store
    It was the colanders as plant pots that first caught our eye, but Russell Sage’s design for this former industrial warehouse has a lot more tricks up its sleeve deconstructing this and upcycling that. Windsor chairs become bar stools, scaffolding pipes are turned into bar supports and an old pram doubles as a drinks trolley. Mismatched chairs get a crisp white coat of paint and simple sheets of coloured Perspex punctuate the bares-all ceiling.

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