Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
At The Farmiloe Building in London was the ceremony for the 2013 Restaurant and Bar awards. Being a previous winner Archer Humphryes Architects created The Box Project, an exhibition space that was transient, being live for only the day.
To make a food and beverage area using only specified white materials found in one metaphoric box was the theme set by the organisers of the event. The ‘Box Project’ challenged the designers to create contrasting bar and restaurant space. Cutting edge technology and lighting inspired guests to move from one area to another, where different Awards were presented to the winners to make a memorable occasion.
An interview with Archer Humphryes Architects, who won the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2010/11 with their Busaba Eathai venue, working on Box 4 of the Box Project, revealed :
1. What do you find most inspiring about the Box Project and why?
I think the location is wonderful, and the impermanence. It is wonderful to create something that should be beautiful for only 6 hours.
2. What design challenges did you face with your box?
The main challenges have been the need to develop an idea without being able to test it or mock it up. We will see what happens.
3. Which material in your box do you find most interesting to work with and why?
The two most interesting aspects have been the GRP panels and the Lasvit chandeliers. The GRP material has provide the back bone of the project and seems to provide almost unlimited opportunities. The Lasvit chandeliers are a fixed entity but provide incredible beauty in themselves.
4. What are you looking forward to most about the Awards ceremony this year?
What I always enjoy is how so many ideas and restaurant designs are grouped together and can be seen at once. It is really very stimulating.