The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards recognise exceptional interior design in food and drink spaces around the world. A combination of global reach and the industry desire to create compelling spaces means the awards throw up some truly startling and original designs.
Lighting specification is, of course, a key factor in the success of all the nominated projects and Factorylux lighting features in six venues shortlisted for the 2015 awards.
Le Bistrot Pierre, Torquay
Le Bistrot Pierre is based in the art-deco inspired Abbey Sands complex in the heart of Torquay on the English Riviera. The restaurant has an outdoor terrace and overlooks the Tor bay with its golden sands and stunning views. The rustic/nautical themed interior features both Factorylux grey industrial and grey Coolicon lamp shades, together with fixtures and fittings. The design is by Gillespie Yunnie Architects and Holly Keeling Interiors.
Banana Tree, Milton Keynes
The growth in the popularity of Indochina as a holiday destination has helped the Banana Tree restaurants succeed with the recipe of authentic Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Singaporean dishes. Banana Tree Milton Keynes was the first location outside London when it opened in July 2014. The design was by William Chow, who founded the restaurants under the Street Hawker brand in 1991, and ETC Urban. The design relies heavily on the inimitable and unrivalled Factorylux verdigris industrial shades.
The first Spudulike opened in 1974 and its success is testament to the appeal of the humble but delicious oven-baked potato. The Spudulike at the Lakeside Shopping Centre was opened in November 2014 by (who else?) cast members from TOWIE. The interior design is by Tait and the lighting specification includes the suitably rustic Factorylux galvanised shades and shade guards.
The Set, Brighton
The set is an intimate 20 seat restaurant in the Artist Residence boutique hotel in Brighton’s historic Regency Square. The dining area overlooks the kitchen with the opportunity for some diners to sit on the pass when food is checked and finalised. The dining tables are classically and intimately lit by Factorylux green Coolicon shade and traditional filament light bulbs. The design of hotel and restaurant is by the co-owner Charlie Newey.
Wildwood Kitchen, Wantage
Wildwood Kitchen is a small chain with nine restaurants in London, south and central England. The Wantage branch opened in December 2014 and is lit by a combination of Factorylux lighting products, including light bulb guards and wall lights, equipped with Factorylux energy efficient Eco-LED and Eco-Filament light bulbs.
Meantime Brewing Tasting Rooms, London
The Meantime Brewery is, as the name implies, based in Greenwich, south-east London. The tasting rooms were designed by Studio 48 and are advertised as London’s heaven on earth for craft beer lovers. It’s a working brewery and the lighting design reflects this with the use of Factorylux industrial bulb cages across the ceiling of the bar area.