Enduring Values

Recent design concepts for restaurants hinge on an honest attitude, quality and authentic design.

As sustainability and health become increasingly important in everyday life, requirements and expectations of restaurants and other eateries are changing too. Today there is a growing demand for quality and a sense of enduring values. This applies not just to the dishes available and the authenticity of their preparation but to the design of the dining area as well. Thus it isn't only food made with regional specialities and ingredients from the area or organic sources that conveys an authentic overall picture but the interior as well. Uncontrived materials and a familiar-seeming ambience are joining forces with unusual furnishing ideas to create a relaxed feel-good atmosphere.

Familiarity and dependability
This development is making itself felt in all segments of this particular part of the contract sector, from luxury restaurants all the way to corner bistros and restaurant chains. As awareness of healthy food grows, awareness of the restaurant setting they are served in is growing too. Newer restaurants therefore often combine a carefully composed interior with a familiar atmosphere and personal approach. The dependability of traditional forms is making a comeback, together with a passion for detail. Natural materials or classic design elements help ensure that even the very latest projects seem rooted in tradition, communicate a sense of casual familiarity and thus have what it takes to become a culinary haven.

Contrasts with long-established elements
On the other hand, what makes today's restaurant concepts convincing are familiar touches with a surprising twist. In much the same way that ambitious chefs are refining grandma's recipes with new ingredients, many architects and designers are relying on a combination of long-established solutions and contemporary creations in their restaurant designs. Traditional furnishing elements such as parquet floors, patterned tiles or wooden wall panelling are being complemented by up-to-the-minute design items or used in a new spatial context. It is precisely this contrast between traditional and innovative furnishing elements that gives such solutions their charm.

A multitude of furnishing possibilities
What all the tendencies described have in common is an appreciation of careful design, of unusual concepts created by designers in place of standard solutions, and of the reliability provided by manufacturers and their products. From 13th to 19th January 2014, the coming imm cologne will provide an overview of the latest developments in product and interior design as well as a multitude of possibilities for fitting out e.g. restaurant projects. Together with the LivingInteriors event that is being held parallel to it, the international furnishing show will be showing market-ready new ideas ranging all the way from sustainable concepts to established classics and the very latest design solutions.

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