One might think that concrete is only for building, and should be left out of interior decoration altogether. It seems, however, that when it comes to decorating, the odd addition of concrete can add to an interior’s overall aesthetic, corresponding well in terms of visual appeal, texture, or both. And in many cases, the addition of a decorative feature made solely out of concrete can immediately lend credence to the idea that less is more.
Proof of the above can be seen at Treves and Hyde, a London-based restaurant whose interior was designed by New York firm Grzywinski+Pons. Their work on the restaurant combined a colour palette that includes a daring and dominant shade of yellow and touches of light pink with materials as diverse as marble, natural stone, blackened steel, brass, and of course, concrete.
The overall effect is an interior that is mostly pleasant and summery, while having a few rustic and modern touches. Each of these aesthetics successfully counterbalances the other, an effect which is perfect for a restaurant whose aim is, as Dezeen describes, “to accommodate customers looking for a social or working space, without losing the feel of a restaurant.”
Added to the rustic nature of the restaurant’s décor are two bare patches of concrete, one behind a bar full of drinks, the other adorned with a mirror and two lights. In both areas, the restaurant’s interior spared any fussiness, its bold colour scheme giving way, albeit slightly, to a measure of simplicity.
Grzywinski+Pons have shown us how the addition of concrete into an interior is doubly positive. It adds a modern, atmospheric touch to a space, while also lending it some simplicity, toning down that space’s more striking features.
Photography: Nicholas Worley