How Commercial Interiors Are Shaping the Future of Home

Written by Justine Jackson

21 February 2019

The leisure and hospitality sector is a key driver of innovation influencing the home. Restaurant and hotel designers demonstrate ground-breaking use of materials, shapes and colour which can have a lasting impact on home interiors, inspiring innovation across everything from design details to paint colours, flooring, furniture and product design.

As specialists in home and interiors, our team frequently track and analyse aspirational commercial interior design projects and draw inspiration from all around the world. We have recently evidenced new ideas coming from South Korea, Ukraine, China, Israel and the Australian cities of Brisbane and Melbourne.

Here is our global roundup of some of the most innovative commercial projects of the moment, which will have an influence on home interiors in the coming years.

Breadway Bakery, Ukraine

Image Credit Mikhail Loskutov; Designed by Lera Brumina and Artem Trigubchak 

This intriguing Eastern European café presents a contemporary diner aesthetic, combining Wes Anderson-style simplicity and sophisticated warm-cold colour contrasts. Creating an inviting retro flair, arched upholstery in delicious Millennium pink velvet is framed by polished brass splashbacks and grid-like blue grey tiles with a pop of coral grout. The coral stands out from an electric blue takeaway area, with colour zoning purposefully used to separate the three parts of the bakery.

SimSim Café in South Korea

Image Credit: Hong Seokgyu 

Nature has been brought indoors in a stylised way to turn this industrial café space into a calming retreat, immersing visitors in the sounds and smells of the surrounding landscape on Jeju Island. Statement solid wood seating, and a central table built from local rock are sunken into gravel beds sprouting natural grasses and plants. The bar counter, constructed from logs, and lighting suspended from a sprawling tree branch create a refreshingly different setting.

John Anthony Restaurant in Hong Kong

Image Credit: Jonathon Leijonhufvud; Designed by: Linehouse

This new restaurant is a mesmerising fusion of traditional and modern Hong Kong style. Textures and materials are overlaid to provide a feast for the senses, terracotta tiled floors, curved bamboo screening, floral velvet upholstery, rattan seating booths, soft drapery and ridged wood panelling combine with lacquered surfaces. A warm colour base is accentuated by deep blues, rich greens and magenta highlights.

Bentwood Café in Fitzroy, Melbourne

Image Credit: Tom Blachford; Designed by: Ritz & Ghougassian

The brick red interior of this Australian cafe is inspired by the materials of the surrounding brutalist industrial neighbourhood of Fitzroy. The warm earthy shades of the raw brick paved flooring are echoed across the walls and ceiling with primed steel cladding. Simple pale wood furniture, terracotta coloured upholstery and amber glass accessories bring a welcoming warmth to the functionalist space.

The Budapest Cafe in Chengdu, China

Image Credit: James Morgan; Design by: Biasol

Located in one of China’s most promising destination cities, this surreal café is in the perfect position with travel to Chengdu becoming more popular. The mint and forest green hues of the café contrast with pops of bubblegum pink and neon lighting which instil a sense of fun. Generous proportions add airiness to the space. Stark black angular lighting suspends above the marble countertop juxtaposed perfectly with the soft pastel backdrop.

We continuously explore how innovative commercial design can inspire the future of life at home. Our trend publications show how to transform aspirational concepts into commercially viable products for residential interior design. Our Autumn Winter 2020/21 Home & Interiors trend books are available in both print and digital formats and can be ordered now. To receive a free demo click ‘download now’ to the top right of this post. 


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