Usine restaurant - Stockholm, Sweden
Aiming for a distinctly urban and international vibe, Swedish interior designer Richard Lindvall looked abroad for inspiration for Usine, a 2,000 sq metre venue combining several gastronomic concepts under one strikingly high roof. ‘It was important to create warmth, but still keep it raw and fresh,’ says Lindvall, who chose to juxtapose the stark concrete foundation with an eclectic mix of interior accents such as oyster baskets from France, lighting from China and custom-built carpentry from Lithuania. Conceived by chef and restaurateur trio Tim Karlsson, Michael Andreasson and Nicola Perrelli, Usine is housed in a former sausage factory and was stripped bare, leaving only the iron beam structure. Three of these vertical beams are painted black, each acting as an axis, around which each of the establishments – Parisian-style Bistro 38, Poche 36 eatery and bar and a café – revolve. Meanwhile, a spacious corridor – which houses a photo art gallery curated by Dennis Bolmberg of agency Noll Images – interconnects the dining areas.