Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Cafe


The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Cafe category includes a total of 41 entries this year, from sixteen different countries and covering every continent. This top 8 selection by the panel of judges represents the top cafe entries from around the world.


Entered in both this and the ‘another space’ category, Coffee Ground (Endsleigh) designed by Kiwi & Pom
 is a unique cafe situated in a garden centre in Devon. The new concept comprises of three iconic components – an oversized shed providing a preparation area, mobile plant racks of potted herbs and a hand-painted wall graphic quietly celebrating each stage in the ground coffee process.


A polished modern, independent cafe and gallery space, Curators Coffee Gallery in London designed by Ana Foster-Adams Interior Design balances a light and open gallery space with a comfortable and inviting interior. Hexagonal cement tiles were used as a detail in the flooring, front counters and walls, while beautiful glass and copper brewing equipment accent the retail display.


Dalloyau, Hong Kong by Yabu Pushelberg references the original 1802 Paris shop and consists of a luxe fine dining restaurant, a cafe, private dining room, shop and garden. Designed for entertaining, social gatherings and events, the clean lines, sweeping views and casual furniture groupings encourage mingling and relaxed gatherings. Read more…


The new Devocion Cafe, NY by Studios Go set out to convert an old meat refrigeration facility into a coffee roastery and cafe. Warm tones, soft lighting and natural materials balance the raw perimeter. The innovative allocation of space, introduction of natural light and use of a full-height living wall encourages Devocion’s constituents to linger in the space.


Lone Ranger, China is a new, modern hot dog shop concept, incorporating a modern wild west theme by LINEHOUSE. The exterior is composed of shutter panels and occupying the interior double height space is two rows of large Edison globe lights suspended from hemp rope, lightheartedly hanging from the mustard yellow ceiling like a lasso. The outlandish interior is completed with a black metal custom table with hanging chalkboard, and a hanging chest of drawers for condiments.


Raw Trader is a speciality raw-dessert bar in Melbourne with rustic crate wall panelling forming hinged table tops and shelving for products. StudioY used tactile elements such as the textural wallpaper and coffee sack upholstery to enhance the raw aesthetic, whereas the blue trees with communal seating adds to the warm contemporary style. Read more…


A soft ice-cream shop, Remicone (Korea, Republic of) expresses a magical fairytale world like ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Betwin Space Design created a trendy ice-cream shop in the shape of a white truck. Open on three sides, the details of the truck are reproduced using ordinary objects such as the plumbing pipes, while tires are added with mirrored hub caps.

black kettle

A unique eatery and coffee spot, The Kettle Black in Australia by Studio You Me consists of two distinct areas; the new light filled atrium and the heritage terrace house, seamlessly linked by the theatrical elegance of the entry foyer. Warm soft oak finishes and polished concrete are offset by mischievous green furniture; while hexagonal marble tiled walls and brass detailing bring a refined elegance and luxury.

View each of the shortlisted entries on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site using the links below.

Coffee Ground (Endsleigh) Kiwi & Pom
Curators Coffee Gallery (London) Ana Foster-Adams Interior Design
Dalloyau (Hong Kong) Yabu Pushelberg
Devocion (United States) Studios Go
Lone Ranger (China) Linehouse
Raw Trader (Australia) StudioY
Remicone (Korea, Republic of) Betwin Space Design
The Kettle Black (Australia) Studio You Me

The overall winner for this category will be announced at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Ceremony ‘The Story – Building Emotions’. Tickets are now on sale for this event to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, London on October 1st 2015.

Images © respective studios

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