New restaurant designed by Drawlink evokes nostalgia of a traditional Italian kitchen

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Dubai-based architecture and interior design firm, Draw Link Group, has completed the interior design and development of the newly launched Mercato restaurant, located in DIFC Gate Village.

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Inspired by the traditional trattorias found in Italy and by the iconic Mercato Centrale in Florence, the concept was to create a warm, inviting space, similar to that of a grandmother’s kitchen. The design aesthetic evokes feelings of nostalgia, giving the impression that the restaurant has been in place for decades.

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Draw Link Group was responsible for the design concept and development, the FF&E procurement and installation of the outlet.

Commenting on the design of the restaurant, Daousser Chennoufi, Draw Link Group CEO, said: “The design brief of Mercato restaurant was to create a casual daytime Italian eatery, inspired by the vibrant streets of Florence, within the business hub of DIFC.”

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The restaurant boasts 160 square metres and accommodates around 30 guests indoors, with the option for an additional 40 guests dining alfresco outdoors.

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The façade is designed in two contrasting colours, blue and green.

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The floor tiles are of various Italian inspired patterns, in either black and white or bright colours. Wall paneling features a combination of raw materials.

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The furniture and lighting selection are carefully selected, creating an eclectic feel, while still managing to look unified.

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Another distinctive feature of the space is the traditional wood truss ceiling in aged wood, along with the signature designed 6-metre long solid wood communal table, custom designed and made specifically for the venue.

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