Dining with Art: Restaurant Inspiration

What would life be without art?

I love having artwork—paintings, sculptures, creative photographs—all around me. Every week I might get dressed and go to a museum or an art gallery, but nothing beats actually living (or eating!) with art.

Below are some lovely restaurants with beautiful artwork.

Aureole New York

Aureole New York. Interior design by Adam Tihany. Black-and-white photographic art by Bram Tihany. Photo courtesy of restaurantsinyc.com

Aureole New York. Photo courtesy of restaurantsinyc.com

The interior design of this chic New York favorite is by Adam Tihany. The black-and-white photographic art is by Bram Tihany.

L’Escargot in London

L’Escargot, London. The personal art collection of restaurateur Jimmy Lahoud decorate the walls. These include original works by Chagall, Miro, Matisse, American Pop artist David Hockney, Picasso ceramics and Erte bronzes. Photo courtesy of departures.com

L’Escargot, London. Photo courtesy of departures.com

The personal art collection of restaurateur Jimmy Lahoud decorate the walls. These include original works by Chagall, Miro, Matisse, American Pop artist David Hockney, Picasso ceramics and Erte bronzes.

Auberge de I’Ill in Alsace

Auberge de I'Ill, Alsace. Interior design by Patrick Jouin. Photocredit: Eric Laignel. The oil portrait by Roger Muhl is of Paul Haeberlin, father of the current chef. Photo courtesy of interiordesign.net

Auberge de I’Ill, Alsace. Photocredit: Eric Laignel. Photo courtesy of interiordesign.net

Interior design by Patrick Jouin. The oil portrait by Roger Muhl is of Paul Haeberlin, father of the current chef.

Chelsea Restaurant in the Art’otel Budapest

Chelsea Restaurant in the Art'otel Budapest. Artwork by Donald Sultan. Photo courtesy of onhotels.com

Chelsea Restaurant in the Art’otel Budapest. Photo courtesy of onhotels.com

Artwork by Donald Sultan.

The Leopard at des Artistes in New York

The Leopard at des Artistes, New York. The nine-piece "Fantasy Scenes with Naked Beauties" was painted in the 1920s by American artist Howard Chandler Christy. Photocredit: Melissa Horn. Courtesy of departures.com

The Leopard at des Artistes, New York. Photocredit: Melissa Horn. Courtesy of departures.com

The nine-piece “Fantasy Scenes with Naked Beauties” was painted in the 1920s by American artist Howard Chandler Christy.

Fairmont Towers Heliopolis in Cairo

Restaurant at the Fairmont Towers Heliopolis in Cairo. Photo courtesy of tvtrip.jp

Restaurant at the Fairmont Towers Heliopolis in Cairo. Photo courtesy of tvtrip.jp

There is something about restaurants that have carefully selected art. Art there is not simply a decorative afterthought but actually an integral part of the interior design. These days hotels, hospitals and public areas look to art as a necessity. Whether it is for its aesthetic or therapeutic qualities, or simply to make a unique statement, art is no longer there just to fill up empty space.

Books to Consider

Related Links

Elegant Dining: Aureole New York – my review of the Aureole New York.
Restaurant Art – my Pinterest collection of restaurants decorated with artwork.

External Links to Sources

Best Restaurants in Your City – source of Aureole NY photo.
Best Restaurant Art Collections – source of L’Escargot & The Leopard photos.
A Feast for the Eyes – source of Auberge de I’Ill photo.
Art’otel Budapest – source of Chelsea Restaurant photo.
Fairmont Towers Heliopolis – source of the restaurant photo.



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