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More winners revealed from the 2021 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

Another 10 regional winners were revealed at the virtual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards ceremony and an additional 45 category winners were announced.

The Awards ceremony was followed by the UK and the world’s best designers and their clients responsible for the design of the most innovative food and beverage spaces.

Restaurant & Bar Design Awards now in its thirteenth year is a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. This covers every imaginable hospitality space, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups.

Restaurant & Bar Design Awards look at some of the most innovative designs in the hospitality industry, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and more – © Republican Metropolis Architecture

Judged by a panel of some of the most influential personalities in design, hospitality and lifestyle globally, this annual edition of the Awards attracted 844 entries from 69 countries.

The culmination of the year and the final event of Restaurant & Bar Design Week, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards winners were announced on 14th October at a Virtual Awards ceremony held on Instagram and as-live on the Awards website.

This year’s event received many entries, don’t forget to check out the runner up designs The shortlist for this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards has been announced.

The event this year attracted 844 entries from 69 countries – © Republican Metropolis Architecture

Overall Restaurant Winner – Leña (Marbella, Spain) by Astet Studio

For elevated steak restaurant Leña, Astet Studio devised an elemental interior of stone and wood – intended to conjure a sense of the primitive and primal. It is the second time the studio has worked with acclaimed chef Dani García and Leña’s interiors draw influence directly from the robust cooking style used in the restaurant and the wider gastronomic offering; an abundance of organic forms underpinning a deep, autumnal colour palette and moody, ambient lighting. “The geometry and materials kept my eyes moving,” noted one of the judges.

Astet Studio was founded in late-2018 by trained architects turned designers Ala Zureikat and Oscar Engroba. The studio is based in Barcelona and cites authenticity, human value and the interplay between simplicity and complexity among its core areas of focus and interest. Winning for Overall Restaurant, with Leña, marks the second time that Astet Studio has been recognised at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards – previously shortlisted for Lobito de Mar, a seafood and tapas restaurant in Malaga, also a collaboration with Chef García.

Overall Bar Winner – More 7 Bar (Xi’an, China) by Republican Metropolis Architecture

More 7 Bar, at the luxury Linow Hotel, is a story of the dynamic tension between old and new in China’s ancient metropolis, Xi’an. On the surface, it appears audaciously contemporary – with gleaming copper brickwork, reflective ceilings and daring architectural detailing.

Yet, in examining the key design motifs, a more nuanced narrative appears – the soaring copper walls inside evoking the ancient city walls outside; the burnished, earthy tones intended to reference the colour of Xi’an’s historic soil; and disorienting combination of materials and shapes, inspired by the cacophonous, inharmonious Xi’an of antiquity, when the streets were packed with Silk Road travellers and traders.

The judges said that It brings you into another dimension [and is] extremely experiential. The colours, setup and furniture make it an interactive installation.”

Founded in 2013, Republican Metropolis Architecture, or RMA, has become one of China’s most pioneering and progressive design studios. Based in the city of Guangzhou, this is the second time RMA has been recognised at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, winning in the Asia Ceiling category in 2019.

Don’t miss our highlights from last year’s event: Our favourite picks from the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2020 shortlist.

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