‘amar cafe’ is 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, multi-sensory 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.
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 gasterelia’s works here, and foggini’s here.
ambient lights flood the installation, giving it a mystical flair
the installation floats above the dining tables, echoing a cloud of smoke coming from a hookah