OEO Studio has worked with a palette of dark tones and earthy shades to redesign the interior of a Michelin starred Copenhagen restaurant. The locally-based interiors studio designed the interior of Kadeau’s Copenhagen outpost when it first opened, back in 2015, but has now returned to give the space a change in ambience. The new interior uses the same design language but creates a warmer and more tactile experience for diners, combining shades of dark grey and red with materials like terracotta, brass and oak.
“The original design was exactly what we had envisaged, yet as a designer there are always things you want to do slightly differently or even re-design if given the chance,” explained OEO Studio co-founder Thomas Lykke.
“When head chef Nicolai Nørregaard called, I thought now is the time to improve and create an even more extraordinary experience for the guests of Kadeau and create an even more charismatic and welcoming design,” he added. The redesign is announced before you even enter the restaurant – the once-blue door is now painted in a soft red shade. To enter, visitors must ring a bell and wait for someone to greet them.
Inside, spaces have been slightly reconfigured as well as restyled. The lounge is now larger, with red walls to match the entrance. Mutina’s sandy-toned Celosia bricks create a zigzag-patterned backdrop to this space, offering a textural contrast to the Kolumba brick floor.
Seating here is provided by a dark-upholstered banquette, wooden lounge chairs and fleece-covered stools. Other details include brass wall lights by Scandinavian brand Astep and colourful paintings by Tehran-born, Copenhagen-based artist Farshad Farzankia.
Elsewhere, OEO Studio was asked to create an entirely new space – a private dining room, with room for up to 14 guests. This space is defined by a large dining table, made using a huge plank of Dinesen timber. The chairs are one of OEO studio’s own designs – the Coco Armchairs, manufactured by Gubi. There’s also an open-service kitchen and a cabinet filled with preserved fruits, herbs and wine.
In the main dining room, darker walls help to creates a cosier atmosphere. Notable new additions include oak waiter stations, topped with granite from the island of Bornholm (where Kadeau’s original restaurant is located). A wine room has also been created, featuring iron-framed doors and windows. A greenhouse is also being added to the restaurant, due to open in 2021. This will extend the dining area, offering views out to the garden.
Kadeau is not the only restaurant that OEO Studio has designed in Copenhagen; the studio is also behind Sticks’n’Sushi and the newly opened Hija de Sanchez Cantina. However, it is a project that co-founders Thomas Lykke and Anne-Marie Buemann hold in high regard. “Kadeau and the people behind this project have a special place in our hearts and we are extremely proud of the space,” adds Lykke.