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2 Hot Joburg restaurants make it onto shortlist for top design award

Midrand and Ferreirasdorp restaurants get recognised for their jaw-dropping design.

by: Ceili McGeever | 26 Jun 2017

(Images courtesy of Restaurant & Bar Design Awards).

In it's ninth year, Restaurant & Bar Design Awards has shortlisted its not so short list of 239 restaurants. Considering that submissions come from across the globe, this figure would've been significantly reduced, after processing of hundreds of entries.

We were very excited to see that two Johannesburg restaurants made their way onto the shortlist this year, Urbanologi, the industrial-styled restaurant attached to Mad Giant Brewery, headed by Chef Jack Coetzee, serving refined dishes inspired by street food culture; and Midrand restaurant Nostimo by Mythos, a grand space that follows their Mediterranean theme, with blue hues and a long golden yellow booth.

The awards ceremony takes place in October this year, with an impressive array of judges from different corners of the culinary and design worlds, as well has creative industry leaders in media. The judges this year include George Calombaris, a favourite on South African TV screens for his role as one of the judges in Australian Masterchef.

There are various categories that entrants submitted in, looking at individual design elements that make up a restaurant and/or bar's identity. These include ceiling, colour, murals and graffiti, as well as surface interiors and lighting. South African restaurants could also enter the broader category of 'Middle East and Africa restaurant' (or bar), which is the category under which  Urbanologi and Nostimo have been shortlisted for.

Here is a look at some of the most exceptionally designed restaurants from the shortlist - you'll want to add these to your bucket list!

The VNYL, New York - Functional Creative Design

The Penny Drop, Melbourne - We Are Huntly

The Landsdowne Club, London - Jestico and Whiles

Frenchie, London - Emilie Bonaventure

Urbanologi, Johannesburg - Haldane Martin

The Clerkenwell Grind, London - Biasol Design Studio

Fox, Manchester - Alexander Waterworth Interiors

Waldeck, Amsterdam - Framework Studio

Wallpaper* Bar and Kitchen, London - Virgile and Partners

The Butcher's Daughter, Venice, California - Wanderlust

MEZZ, Australia -  Studio Y

The Diner, Southampton - D Two Design

Nostimo by Mythos, Johannesburg - Reddeco

Nanan, Poland - Buck Studio

Beat Bar, Sydney - DS17

Björk, Sweden - Murman Architects

Freshigh, Shanghai, China - dongqi Architects

Bellavista Jardín del Norte, Barcelona - El Equipo Creativo

Paras, Shanghai, China - The Swimming Pool Studio

Mamie's, London - A-nrd Studio

Duck Duck Goat, Chicago - AvroKO

The award ceremony will be held on 5th October at London's Kings Cross. For more information on the restaurants and designers, see the full shortlist here.


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