T+L Design Awards 2011
Best RestaurantTable No. 1, Shanghai
Designed by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Table No. 1 is a pared-back, industrial-chic restaurant, stripped to its unadorned material essence. Situated in the base of the new 19-room Waterhouse at South Bund hotel, which was also designed by architects Neri and Hu, the restaurant is a natural wood, gray-brick, Cor-Ten steel, and exposed-cement space flooded with light. There are cinematic views of Shanghai’s Shiliupu Dock from the outdoor courtyard, oversize wooden communal tables in the main dining hall, and more conventional seating arrangements off to the side and in the private dining rooms. Dinner for two $150.
From the Jury
“I love the way the communal tables blur the line between going out to eat and staying home.” —Danny Meyer
Honorable Mention: D’espresso; New York City; designed by Nemaworkshop