Trends & Restaurants

 

For anyone who knows me well, this article's topic should not be much of a surprise. I like to make connections to many art forms, especially my field — design.

 
For anyone who knows me well, this article's topic should not be much of a surprise. I like to make connections to many art forms, especially my field — design. A foodie at heart, I have boundless passion for all that's true, beautiful, and good, all a vital part of my life. Before I got interested in design, I studied hospitality services, so I also like to keep up with the latest culinary and restaurant trends.

Like the interior decoration business, the restaurant industry is shaped by trends that shift at lightning speed. To stay current for more than a decade, restaurants must constantly reinvent themselves — in terms of their decor, menu or plate presentation.

All five of our senses, undeniably the roots of our well-being, come alive when we go to restaurants. To feel good, we look for sensations close to us, our values and our tastes. Good restaurateurs, as a result, pay close attention to what attract us when it comes to sight, sound and taste, sampling future decor trends, the hottest music and, of course, new or nostalgic flavours.

You yourself have probably made these very same links and seen your own tastes evolve over the years — perhaps you've even tried new, more fashionable "new concept" restaurants.

Back in the early 2000s, for example, the most popular spots were sushi or fusion-style restaurants. At the time, you couldn't go anywhere without seeing bamboo, feng shui and Asian influences. Ethnic decor was all the rage. Later, around 2007, there was a wave of restaurants with molecular and minimalist cuisine. Plates, often very large, had neat presentations with only a few items arranged lavishly and artistically — a work of art for our eyes to feast on. Later, from a design perspective, we witnessed the peak of contemporary minimalism. If you really think about it, I'm sure that, at one point in your life, you've seen links between your gourmet and decoration preferences at the very same time.



What's the design and restaurant story today? Look around you — you'll discover that restaurants have turned more to "comfort food" and tend to see, in a whole new way, more traditional food, flavours and smells that remind us of our childhood. At the same time, more rustic styles, mixed with industrial touches, and 1960s-inspired decor, have made a comeback.

So when you start thinking about revamping the look of your living space, keep in mind that restaurants often have an appetite for future trends.

 
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Caroline Larocque began her career as a kitchen designer right after she completed her studies.

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