Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Pop-Up


This Restaurant & Bar Design Awards category is for international projects of a temporary or ‘pop-up’ nature. This year 17 entries were received from 10 different locations including a number from London, as well as one from Truro and Russian Federation respectively. Five entries made the judge’s shortlist below.

boulangerie grey_goose
Ragged Edge & Brady Williams Studio wanted to design the world’s most intimate martini bar, which from the outside was to be disguised as a beautifully designed camionnette. Boulangerie François Grey Goose Martini Bar has travelled to a number of prominent city locations including Edinburgh, Manchester and London’s Covent Garden. With space at a premium, every detail of the interior was designed to be luxuriously tactile and aesthetically beautiful in order to evoke the exquisite brand values of Grey Goose. The pop-up continues to travel, enthralling clientele through its speak-easy doors, where two guests and a mixologist can appreciate the detail.


 were commissioned to redesign Milk Tea & Pearl, a temporary pop-up in Boxpark shopping centre in London, made from cargo containers. Geometric lines and false perspectives make the space appear shallower and wider. The front is an abstract, anamorphic beach hut; the rear is a white tea bar, adorned with anamorphic yellow circles and a beach towel. The optical illusion created by the design is visible only from a centred vantage point.

the royale
Stylt Trampoli this year were challenged to create a functional and striking café/bar for visitors to SleepEvent, London. The Royale Agricultural Bar takes design cues from flower shows and produce exhibitions, and is a lush refuge, bursting with colour, texture, flowers and foliage, giving visitors a rare chance to catch their breath and recharge their batteries.

tincanTincan was a six month restaurant project in Soho, London. Designers AL_A took inspiration from a former fishing tackle shop in Lisbon. The space was too small for a normal restaurant, so everything from light fittings, wall displays, tables and chairs, was created specifically for the space; with the aim of making the tinned fish delicacies the hero. The walls and bar surfaces were clad in black Corian that provided a reflective backdrop for the iconography of the tins supported on acrylic rods.

Yorunoma is a place where people get together in Abeno, Osaka (Japan). Naoya Matsumoto Design produced a self-build space by using an uncommon but simple material: tracing paper. Local residents helped to crumple to rice paper material and the result is a huge ‘secret base’ which turns into a bar at night. This project was made by folding, pasting and sticking paper to make the space and the designers hoped it would also stick (bind) people in the space.

View each of the shortlisted entries with access to all of the photographs on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site using the links below.

Boulangerie François Grey Goose Martini Bar (London) Ragged Edge & Brady Williams Studio

Milk Tea & Pearl (London) Y A O

The Royale Agricultural Bar (London) Stylt Trampoli

tincan (London) AL_A

Yorunoma (Japan) Naoya Matsumoto Design

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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