The upcoming book "Eat Out!" highlights restaurants that shine for their adeptness at creating the full culinary experience—from an impeccably designed interior to an equally well-planned menu, each location offers their guests a unique venture in both gastronomy and contemporary design. (Click on any image for expanded view.)
Available February 2010, the book explores a full spectrum of current trends and future paradigms relating to the restaurant industry. For example, Marieke Van Der Bruggen's "Garden of Delight" (above, right) takes candy to a new level, designing a forest of edible, glass-like tree branches dangling from the ceiling. Enticing adults and children alike, the stimulating sweets appeal to both taste buds and eyes.
Another shining case study, Laurent Grasso's transportable, window-lined rooftop restaurant (above) entertains only a dozen guests, presents a new menu at each sitting and offers spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. Designed as a "work of art," experimental cooking combined with an open-sky atmosphere results in unforgettable experiences beyond standard dining options. Currently set atop the contemporary art museum Palais de Tokyo, the temporary restaurant will only stay there until the end of June 2010.
Also serving up "epic architecture" in a museum setting, the Bouroullec Brothers makes for the ultimate break spot to gather for lunch in between gallery viewings. The sun's strong light beaming in overhead is muffled by their textile tiled pavilion, which doubles as the joining force between two long, communal Douglas Fir tables. A building within a building, the space maintains a congenial, simple atmosphere that appears as "organic as a lizard's scales."
Blurring the elements, both Milan's Home Delicate Restaurant and Melbourne's Village Green Marquee aim to bring the outdoors in. Playing with scale and using living floral, each venue created a garden setting but with distinctive results. Capturing nature's inherent ability to soothe, they provide a relaxed environment among their urban locations.
In addition to individual restaurants, "Eat Out!" also surveys the use of various aesthetic choices, such as pop and rustic chic. From New York to Osaka, the book's insight on what makes dining so delightful is a useful resources for foodies, designers and anyone involved in the restaurant biz. "Eat Out!" will be available from Gestalten next month but you can preorder it now from Barnes & Noble.
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