Galvin La Chapelle, LONDON
Lead designer // designLSM
Category // Independent restaurant

The Restaurant and Bar design Awards were announced in London two weeks ago and although this yearly event is only two years old, there was an immense amount of entries from 38 countries making it a young success. The entries are judged by a highly regarded panelists in hospitality and lifestyle sectors. The list of projects demonstrates the energy and innovative culture that is permeating worldwide and the introduction of many young firms making a statement in the world of design. Many winners from London, a great project in India and our good friends from Sebastian Mariscal in the USA.

Galvin La Chapelle, LONDON
Lead designer // designLSM
Category // Independent restaurant

The winners in each category are the following:

        Independent Restaurant: Galvin La Chapelle (London), designLSM
        Multiple Restaurant: Canteen (London), In-House Design
        Independent Bar or Club: theCUT (Newcastle), Julian Taylor Design Associates
        Multiple Bar or Club: Bangalore Express Bar (London), Outline
        Restaurant, Bar or Club in another space: Urban Reef (Boscombe), Macaulay Sinclair
        Restaurant or Bar in a hotel: Elliot’s (Edinburgh), Ian Springford Architects
        Café or Fast Food: Outsider Tart (London), David Lesniak
        Identity & Website Design: The Draft House (London), Studio Frith
        Lighting Scheme: Sound (Thailand), Inverse Lighting
        International Restaurant: Pio Pio (New York), Sebastian Mariscal Studio
        International Bar: TheTote (India), Serie Architects

The Tote, INDIA Lead designer // Serie Architects Category // International bar

The Tote, INDIA
Lead designer // Serie Architects
Category // International bar

The Tote, INDIA Lead  designer // Serie Architects Category //  International bar

The Tote, INDIA
Lead designer // Serie Architects
Category // International bar

  Sound, THAILAND   Lead designer // Inverse  Lighting    Category // Lighting scheme

  Sound, THAILAND
  Lead designer // Inverse Lighting
  Category // Lighting scheme

Sound,  THAILANDLead designer // Inverse Lighting Category // Lighting scheme

Sound, THAILAND
Lead designer // Inverse Lighting
Category // Lighting scheme

Sound,  THAILANDLead designer // Inverse Lighting Category // Lighting scheme

Sound, THAILAND
Lead designer // Inverse Lighting
Category // Lighting scheme

Elliot's, EDINBURGH
Lead designer // Ian Springford Architects
Category // Restaurant or bar in a hotel

theCUT, NEWCASTLE Lead designer // Julian Taylor Design Associates Category // Independent bar or club

theCUT, NEWCASTLE
Lead designer // Julian Taylor Design Associates
Category // Independent bar or club

theCUT, NEWCASTLE Lead designer // Julian Taylor Design Associates Category // Independent bar or club

theCUT, NEWCASTLE
Lead designer // Julian Taylor Design Associates
Category // Independent bar or club

Outsider Tart, LONDON
Lead designer // David Lesniak
Category // Cafe or fast food

Bangalore Express Bar, LONDON Lead designer // Outline Category //  Multiple bar or club

Bangalore Express Bar, LONDON
Lead designer // Outline
Category //  Multiple bar or club

Bangalore Express Bar, LONDON Lead designer // Outline Category //  Multiple bar or club

Bangalore Express Bar, LONDON
Lead designer // Outline
Category //  Multiple bar or club

Pio Pio, NEW YORK
# Lead designer // Sebastian Mariscal Studio
Category //  International restaurant // photo © a r c h p h o t o

Canteen, LONDON Lead designer // Canteen (In-house design) Category // Multiple resta

Canteen, LONDON
Lead designer // Canteen (In-house design)
Category // Multiple resta

Urban Reef, BOSCOMBE Lead designer // Macaulay Sinclair Category // Restaurant, bar or club in another space

Urban Reef, BOSCOMBE
Lead designer // Macaulay Sinclair
Category // Restaurant, bar or club in another space

photo (c) Cinimod Studio

photo (c) Cinimod Studio

The "connected" environment
In a bid to increase networking at it's awards event the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards commissioned Cinimod Studio to create an effective and visually stimulating solution. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology was used to identify key visitors on the two 'networking pods' during the evening's proceedings. The tags embedded in shortlisted designers and sponsors' name badges used radio signals to send their identity to antenna receivers. Projections then highlighted guests' key professional characteristics (eg. projects designed, sponsor brands etc.) as they moved around the pods. The Awards was the first event that combined this technology to create a uniquely 'connected' environment.

photo  (c) Cinimod Studio

photo (c) Cinimod Studio

Audialsense complemented the visual experience with an experimental use of interactive spatialised sound. With a series of discrete loudspeakers located around the site, the RFID badges of the guests were used to identify the eventual winners as they moved through the space. These ‘special’ guests then triggered the system into grabbing samples of the background music, breaking it up, and sending the resultant sound spiralling round the room, resulting in bursts of cracking static and broken, but recognisable sounds. This process gave everyone else at the awards event a strong audial clue as to the winners' identities - even before they themselves knew who had won.

(left) photo  (c) Cinimod Studio, (right) photo  (c) Philip Vile

(left) photo (c) Cinimod Studio, (right) photo (c) Philip Vile

Centrally located in each networking pod, special interactive tables created by Core Web Design completed the overall experience. Using ultra thin JVC screens, Core Web Design used the latest interactive technology to effectively communicate details of projects and sponsors to the event’s guests.

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