The impact of cultural surroundings on restaurant design

You don’t need to look beyond your outdoor surroundings to get design inspiration. And it doesn’t mean you are lazy, it a current trend streaming through the restaurant industry. Alongside preserving cultral history, it appears to be racking up profits and drawing in tourists. 


Concrete, an interior design concept company develop ideas and transform restaurant spaces to give complete graphic identity. It doesn’t stop there they work on hotel projects too. 


Mama Makan restaurant in Amsterdam is one of their latest projects, taking the contempory Dutch- Indonesian grand café that connects travels with their local heritage, residents and historic nature of the neighbourhood. The theme around the interior involves envisioning the journeys on the ancient trading routes.


The natural environment outside is re-created in design features inside. Scenes of real plants and natural colours are drawn together throughout the walls and furnishings. Despite an open planned layout, the design has been methodically arranged to create spaces that encompass their own unique environment. A brass cage-like cabinet wrapped around the core hides the structure of the building and with a concrete-edged palm pattern as a backdrop, this segments the restaurant, bar and lobby areas. This ‘cage’ accommodates all basic functions such as the restaurant bar, chef’s tables, private dining, wine fridges, wardrobe, service stations and the open show kitchen. Additionally, typical Asian cooking equipment and herbs collected during the Dutch travels can be found. moving outwards towards the glass facade, the restaurant features various seating areas..


The cage continues seamlessly into the reception of the hotel lobby, with an onyx marble front desk greeting visitors as they arrive. A living green wall with tropical plants connects the entrance to the patio in the rear, blurring the distinction between inside and out. The restaurant features a show kitchen, as a volume, has been cut out of the core and is clad in green tiles reminiscent of the green cut-outs as found in the architecture of the building.


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