Housed within a domed interior originally built as a military chapel, the Jane, a Michelin-starred restaurant that opened in Antwerp earlier this year, is a stunning display of old meets new. Where once there was traditional stained glass, the arched windows are now filled with panels by Studio Job depicting everything from angels and crosses to sculls and dominoes. And whereas candlelight used to be the main form of illumination, a massive starburst chandelier, by .PSLAB of Beirut, now hangs at the centre of the nave. (Read our first take on the restaurant, by Azure senior editor David Dick-Agnew.)
The interior by Studio Piet Boon has won top prize at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, handed out at a ceremony in London on October 1. The dozens of other awards recognized some of the most outstanding hospitality environments that have opened in the past year, as well as the finer details such as best interior surfacing, which went to the Disfrutar in Barcelona, designed by Spanish firm El Equipo Creativo. A molecular gastronomy bar and restaurant, Disfrutar is featured in the November/December 2015 issue of Azure, which hits newsstands in Canada on November 2; and in the U.S. on November 9.
Studio Piet Boon’s win for Best Overall Restaurant was shared with the winner of Best Overall Bar: the Dandelyan, located on the lobby floor of London’s stylish Mondrian Hotel. Created by local firm Design Research Studio, the plush lounge nabbed another two awards, for Best U.K. Bar and Best Bar inside a Hotel.
Plus, Her Majesty’s Pleasure, by +tongtong of Toronto, won in the category of Best Bar in the Americas. The interior is a novel fusion of café, juice-bar, retail boutique and nail salon, and is located on King Street West in Toronto.