Kul — Copenhagen, Denmark
Choosing matt grey for the walls of the new restaurant Kul (’charcoal’ in Danish) might sound like an interiors no-brainer, but the creative intentions run deeper than pure trend. Located in the listed Kødbyen neighbourhood, Copenhagen’s booming meatpacking district, the former slaughterhouse was repurposed by local architecture and design practice Space to create a place in sync with the atmosphere of the area - industrial, yet casual and cosy. The designers kept original details like the brick floor and white subway tiles, then juxtaposed them against hand-hammered Shade Light lamps by Mater; black Windsor chairs; and fiery yellow accents. Chefs Christian Mortensen and Henrik Jyrk, trained at the now defunct Michelin-starred restaurant The Paul, cook most dishes over open fire in the open kitchen. This is made possible with customised equipment like a yakitori grill and the Spanish-style Josper grill oven.