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Showcase: Beefbar Paris

restored vintage restaurant banquette seating

For those of us more comfortable in minimalist settings, a richly ornate interior can quickly seem like a blur. Just too much of everything.

Yet, we also love restorations, sensitive and intelligent repurposing of spaces and buildings that have their own intriguing histories and possess that elusive patina that is impossible to fake or create from scratch. And when a restoration works, we can forget all about minimalism.

curved bench seating

Beefbar Paris is definitely not minimalist but it is a restoration that works. The richness is an asset and the environment is believable, not fake or excessive.

banquettes, booth

Showcase: Alice & Fifth Nightclub

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The latest nightlife hot spot in Johannesburg is Alice & Fifth. It advertises itself as an underground avant-garde venue and the address for luxury dining.

It is a darkly masculine night club in a rich, retro style we have seen much of lately with its velvet upholstery, dark wood, brass fittings, heavy drapery and no windows.

Designer Tristan Plessis and his StudioA/Tristan Plessis Studio took client Milk & Honey Group SA’s straightforward brief and translated it into his own version of edgy decadence.

“The client wanted a sumptuous and decadent space juxtaposed with a raw unrefined underground edge, the feel was intended to be nostalgic  of a time gone by with a contemporary twist and a slightly dark undertone.” - Plessis

We like the overall balance of StudioA’s concept that occupies in total 1,400 square-metre (15,070 sq. ft) of space and seats 225.

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The dark coloring and the hard wood and marble are nicely softened by velvet seating and curved forms.

In addition to the sumptuous surroundings, the target customers who, according to Plessis, are “the well-heeled Sandton socialites, high powered businesspeople and politicians, and those seeking an adventurous night out” will be treated to a Johannesburg first: A supper club with live performances. Tuija Seipell.