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An Appetite for Design: Wallpaper's Short List For Best Restaurants

Today is day 2 of Wallpaper's design award nominees. And it's the shortlist for Best Restaurants, so, I hope you're hungry for good design.


Freeman's, New York
Refurbished this year, this Lower East Side restaurant features a taxidermist's dream of a dining room, bedecked like an English hunting lodge. Offering seasonal cocktails and a homespun American menu with European accents (including wild-boar terrine), proprietors Taavo Somer and William Tigertt have created the favourite dining room for Manhattan's foodies.

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Mathias Dahlgren, Stockholm
Located in a new building and with interior design by Briton Ilse Crawford, Mathias Dahlgren's restaurant at the Grand Hôtel Stockholm is divided into two complementary areas – Matsalen for à la carte dining and the more informal Matbaren – by a Studio Job-designed gilded narrative screen featuring kitchen tools, rustic Swedish icons and Viking longboats.

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Negro De Anglona, Madrid
In Madrid's historic Palacio de Anglona, this restaurant boasts a cutting-edge but intimate interior. Designed by Luis Galliusi, the almost entirely monochrome space is offset by heritage-inspired details such as large backlit images of European royal palaces and dramatic, patterned curtains. The Oriental-Mediterranean fusion menu is courtesy of chef Aitor García.

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Sakae, Busan
Part of Studio Gaia's transformation of Korea's Busan Paradise Hotel, Japanese restaurant Sakae is designed to resemble the interior of a traditional Japanese gift box. Against a background of honey-hued wood, the walls are clad in red kimono fabric, patterned with blossom-laden branches. The sushi, teppenyaki and speciality boiled eel show a similar lightness of touch.

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Scott's, London
Relaunched by Caprice Holdings, historic seafood venue Scott's has been updated by Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki and chef-director Mark Hix. An oval oyster bar and a 3m-long display of crustacea dominate the light-filled front section, while the interior is quintessentially British, with oak panelling, leather banquettes and walls hung with contemporary art.

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