Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Project Year: 2016
Photo: Atelier Interiors
Making interior Mulberry & Prince in Cape Town (South Africa), the architects Atelier Interiors by Adri van Zyl sought to achieve a low-key elegance, with the spirit of modern restaurant mixed cuisines.
The modern restaurant and bar is named in honor of two popular dishes in New York streets. Both owners share a special bond with New York.
The color palette came through the work inspiration of the Australian ceramic studio Twocan. This is a dirty pink (accentual color), coal (bar), white (walls and floor) and terracotta (stone walls and new copper tables). In addition, designers used the stained glass windows, lush velvet felt to French retro-chic. Cape Town artist Kurt Pio helped to finish the space with his beautiful and modern artwork.
Most of the elements have been specifically designed for the restaurant.
Besides Kurt, we’ve worked with some really talented local designers such as Conrad Van der Westhuizen, who helped us to bring our vision through lighting, copper tables and stained glass. We have tried to attract as many local suppliers and producers as possible. The marble and wooden tables by Pedersen and Lennard, pairs and steel of leather chairs by Stokperd — all of them from Cape Town.
The architects managed to avoid the kind of a banal bar by placing rows of wine bottles instead of spectacular stained glass. The body of the bar is lined with sheets of slate, deliberately and carelessly interconnected that resembles Kintsukuroi art — exquisite Japanese technique of bonding ceramics bat.