Grain Designoffice is a Belgian design studio dedicated to realising residential interiors and branded architecture. Based in Knokke, the office does projects in the retail and hospitality sector as well as privately. With their diverse range of services, Grain Designoffice can provide each client with a unique result worked out to perfection.
Design agency Grain Designoffice was founded by graphic designer Sander Bullynck and interior designer Nick De Moor. Both designers complement each other beautifully in their projects, creating timeless simplicity every time. The common thread is the use of natural materials and a well-considered balance of rough and refined. We struck up a conversation with the creative duo and found out more about what is real life for them, what their big dreams are and their most recent project: the impressive restaurant Dunas.
Let that also be their biggest dream. Thus, designing a high-end hotel, including bar and restaurant is at the very top of their bucket list for the duo. As a result, they are already taking their first steps towards that goal thanks to designing the brand-new restaurant Dunas, located in Duinbergen with the dunes on the beach on the one hand and the dunes in the park on the other. Naturally, the dreamy dunes and mysterious North Sea immediately served as the biggest source of inspiration. In the end, the right approach for the duo turned out to be mainly to explore textures and volumes.
Dreamy dunes and mysterious North Sea obviously served as inspiration
The entire restaurant became a kind of exercise to translate the sea and its surroundings into an interior, from the weathered metal accents, stamped concrete and a carpet with storm motif to softly undulating sofas and ceilings or dégraded curtains. "Every material or detail had its origins in the North Sea. The deep blue-grey on stormy days, the shades of green and beige on a mild summer's day, and every nuance of colour and texture in between gave us enough material to design a restaurant that is serene, yet brings out a wide arsenal of unexpected twists," say the designers. The intention was to work out a conceptual restaurant with a certain urban feel. This approach was mainly interpreted in the way hospitality is experienced. For instance, the duo integrated a spacious area in front of the bar area so that guests can enter without making a reservation and can have an aperitif and a few snacks at the bar before possibly going to dinner. Just as well, after dining here you can also go there to have a cocktail. Moreover, the designers also even provided a small DJ booth to entertain guests during weekends. "The fact that we were still able to deliver a restaurant that 'works' and is very much appreciated is an achievement we can be proud of, even if we were perhaps a little optimistic about the time and energy the project would require," the duo tells us with satisfaction. You can read the full article in Imagicasa Spring 2023.
Header image: photography by Michiel Vergauwe
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