Under Construction


In the world of building and decorating, deadlines are often dreaded. We want everything to be perfectly finished, all wireworks covered and neatly painted. But as we look at the most vibrant hotspots around the globe, one starts to wonder: Why bother? In the coolest of places, ‘neat’ is not the word to describe the design ambiance. Pipelines are left untouched, with no ceiling to hide them, and gantries are not used to do some hard-to-reach painting works, but are left as an original form of decoration. The industrial look is lifted to a whole new level, going from rough furniture and decorations to complete spaces that look as they were left by construction workers in the middle of the job.

 Text: Charlene Preston

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An Uninhabited penthouse in Moscow was converted by Ph.D Architects to a vibrant pop-up restaurant, art gallery and bar named Door 19. Nothing had a perfect finish, which was complemented by the imput of local street artists. www.ph-d.com

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An Uninhabited penthouse in Moscow was converted by Ph.D Architects to a vibrant pop-up restaurant, art gallery and bar named Door 19. Nothing had a perfect finish, which was complemented by the imput of local street artists. www.ph-d.com

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In the brand new restaurant of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in London, Heddon Street Kitchen, the pipelines are showing above fancy eaters heads. www.gordonramsay.com

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In the brand new restaurant of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in London, Heddon Street Kitchen, the pipelines are showing above fancy eaters heads. www.gordonramsay.com

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At Whyte and Brown is Londons SoHo neighbourhood, they are not only specializing in chicken and draft beer, but also pull of a very good ‘construction look’ in their interior design. www.whyteandbrown.com