a cloud-shaped installation floats within new dining spot in downtown beirut

a cloud-shaped installation floats within new dining spot in downtown beirut

 

‘amar cafe’ is a modern lebanese dining spot with artistic flair

 

the popular lebanese franchise ‘amar restaurants’ has opened its latest branch – amar cafe – at the heart of downtown beirut. completed by interior architect gregory gatserelia, the new dining spot serves modern lebanese cuisine in a high-end, multisensory décor imbued with artistic flair and ambient lights. binding the different elements of the space together is a mesmerizing installation by italian artist jacopo foggini that seemingly floats across the restaurant ceiling. 

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the amar cafe is set at the heart of downtown beirut

 

 

merging the joys of food + hookah into a cloud installation 

 

gatserelia’s design of the amar cafe steers away from a traditional context. instead, the restaurant articulates a contemporary experience by combining food and hookah – two cultural pillars of lebanese social traditions. to evoke that unique cultural blend, foggini shaped his installation like a cloud of smoke that undulates across the interiors. ‘the cloud of smoke brings people together to share food and celebrate life. [jacopo] represented this concept with a great polycarbonate installation on the ceiling,’ explains the interior architect. you can check foggini’s works here, and gatserelia’s here.

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ambient lights flood the installation, giving it a mystical flair

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the installation floats above the dining tables, echoing a cloud of smoke coming from a hookah

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a cloud-shaped installation floats within new dining spot in downtown beirut
multi-colored lights emphasize the multi-sensorial atmosphere of amar cafe

a cloud-shaped installation floats within new dining spot in downtown beirut
amar restaurants has two other branches; one by the sea, and one towards the mountains

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: amar cafe by amar restaurants

location: downtown beirut, lebanon

interior design: gregory gatserelia

installation: jacopo foggini

 

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