September 10, 2012
Attracting 620 entries from over 60 countries, we announce the winners of the fourth annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. The Awards ceremony was held at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London on Thursday evening and was attended by over 400 of the UK and world’s most influential designers and hospitality operators.
The presentations of Best Restaurant and Best Bar were presided over by Peter Boizot, the founder of Pizza Express.
The RIBA is an iconic art deco building representing the best in architecture and design. Our challenge was to create an innovative and cutting edge visual event that compliments the standards of this great institution. The inspiration for this year’s Awards ceremony was sourced from the art deco lines that form an effective decorative language throughout the building. We saw these lines as representing strong ‘designer’ values such as progress, direction and creativity. We created a structure that was not only visually stunning, but also functionally literate ensuring guests experience a canape & cocktail party like no other.
A Cantina (Spain) by Estudio Nomada
Graffiti (Bulgaria) by Studio Mode
Standalone restaurant/ Viet Hoa Mess (UK) / Vonsung
Standalone bar or club/ The Drift (UK) / Fusion Design and Architecture
Restaurant or bar in a retail space/ Zizzi (Leeds, UK) / D Raw
Restaurant or bar in another space/ Holburne Garden Café (UK) / Softroom
Restaurant or bar in a hotel/ Cut (UK) / Thierry Despont
Pub/ The Plough (Clapham, UK) / Harrison
Multiple restaurant/ Pizza Express (Plymouth, UK) / Baynes & Co
Multiple Bar or Club/ Dirty Martini (London, UK) / Grapes Design
Café or fast food/ The Coach House (UK) / SHH
Europe/ Graffiti (Bulgaria) / Mode
North America & Canada/ Pump Room (USA) / Yabu Pushelberg
Australia & Pacific/ Baker D Chirico (Australia) / March Studio
Asia/ Café Kureon (Japan) / Kengo Kuma & Associates
South & Central America/ Fasano Las Piedras (Uruguay) / Isay Weinfeld
Middle East & Africa/ Cocteau (Lebanon) / Gatserelia Design
UK & International
Identity/ Nopi (UK) / Here Design
Pop Up/ Les Grandes Tables de L’ile Seguin (France) / 1024 Architecture
Canteen/ A Cantina (Spain) / Estudio Nomada
Lighting/ W Lounge & Bar (UK) / MBLD
Judges included Alberto Alessi (Principal – Alessi), Julius Wiedemann (Editor – Taschen) and Matthew Clark (Founder – United Visual Artists) and many others.
See FlickR (http://tinyurl.com/dyq9fn2) for high resolution photographs of the Winning Projects, The Awards Ceremony and The Art Deco Snake.