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Wahaca Brighton: Interior design takeaways

11 June 2016 No Comment

When Brighton’s new Wahaca opened its doors in Spring, the Mexican restaurant struck us as a feast for the eyes as much as the stomach. Mixing Midcentury and industrial design details, the inside and out and with geometrics a-plenty, it’s bound to be a hit with vintage-lovers. We spoke to designers and architects Softroom to find out which of their interior tips you can savour at home.

Wahaca Restaurant Brighton - Design Softroom, Photo Adam Scott

Team up textures

“Our main challenge was to recall the sense of vibrancy and energy of Mexican streets and market spaces. To achieve this, we’ve layered richly textured materials, including abstracted rough sawn timber canopies, reclaimed timber panelling, corten steel walls and polished concrete benches.”

Home how-to: Visit The Wood Store Brighton at Preston Barracks for bespoke timber furniture crafted from waste wood – you could even own a piece of the old Brighton Pier!  

Wahaca Restaurant Brighton - Design Softroom, Photo Adam Scott

Be flexible

“The overall result of the design is a modern dining experience made up of a series of distinct, flexible spaces, all with their own defining characteristics, brought together by cleverly placed viewpoints which encourage a natural flow of circulation. Loose furniture arrangements encourage an informal atmosphere that gives the impression of the space being a collection of street stalls.”

Wahaca Restaurant Brighton - Design Softroom, Photo Adam Scott

Home how-to: Create zones in an open-plan space with collections of smaller occasional furniture that can be mixed and matched when entertaining. Midcentury wood and leather chairs and coffee table nests work well for both dining and lounging. See the Vintage Brighton shop directory for local stockists.

Wahaca Restaurant Brighton - Design Softroom, Photo Adam Scott

Make it yours

“We’ve been using reclaimed materials since the first Wahaca and customisation, of furniture and materials, is going to increase as companies do more to differentiate themselves and reinforce their own personality. This helps to keep these environments alive as they continue to develop in to the future too.”

Home how-to: You may not be up for covering your walls with sea monsters, but even a small upcycle or customisation project can help your home feel more styled and more you. Take some DIY tips from Brighton-based interior designer Sophie Robinson or cheat and commission regular AOH exhibitor Zoe Murphy to revamp your vintage furniture for you.

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