Design Trends

Bring Design Home: Höst Restaurant

­­Restaurant design has come a long way. Today’s restaurant interiors run the gamut from sleek, high-end design to industrial, rustic and minimal. Many of these same design elements–and even actual lighting and furniture pieces–would easily transfer from a public space to a living space to create a personal design statement.

Höst Restaurant, Copenhagen, Denmark. Image via

Take the Höst Restaurant in Copenhagen, for example. Pulling in some rustic elements to complement the minimal design gives this place a casual, welcoming feel–like eating in a Danish farmhouse kitchen. (The interior design has even won several awards.) By duplicating a few basic elements of this comfortable Scandinavian style, it is possible to achieve a similar look in your own home.

Multiple Single Pendants

The first defining element of this interior is the use of multiple single pendant lights for visual impact. While the single pendants are simple overall, by using multiple lights together they add a touch of drama to the room. The simple, white glass globe shades combined with the dark cord and socket above a dining table provides plenty of light without obstructing the view of guests across the table. The slender profile of this style of pendant light keeps the visual weight light and airy.

Some options to help you replicate this staggered multi-pendant look:

Lite Mini Pendant Light from Andrew Neyer
Moser Small Pendant Light by Anu Moser, from Louis Poulsen
Hoist Bare Pendant Light from Rich Brilliant Willing

Danish Modern Furniture

Simple lines and quality construction are the main elements of Danish Modern furniture. Combining several dining chairs in this style with a more rustic style table adds an inviting warmth to the minimalist furniture design. Using a few different styles of spindle back chairs in gray and white, the room takes on some variety without looking haphazard.

By selecting rustic wood tables with dark and light finishes for the design, a pleasing natural element is added to the room (and mirrors the wood planks on the ceiling). These complement the spindle chairs through their solid presence and bold wood grain.

Some table and chairs to help you replicate this element:

Originals All Purpose Chair by Lucian Ercolani, from Ercol
Second Best Wood Dining Table from Blu Dot
Comback Chair, Wood Legs by Patricia Urquiola, from Kartell
Zio Tom Dining Table, Square from Mogg

Open Storage

Finally, open storage is a great way to add storage without too much visual weight. Slender frames, sturdy shelves and a low profile helps keep things organized and within reach. The shelves Höst uses have a slender framework with an industrial look and convenient castors to help round out the design. The shiny metal surfaces reflect light throughout the room, keeping it feeling bright and airy.

Some wheeled and fixed options to help you with stylish open storage:

Zerin Bar Cart from Bernhardt Design
New Prairie Horizontal Bookcase from Sauder Boutique
Frame Shelving System Complete Basic Unit from Cane-line
Nicole Tatem

Nicole Tatem

Nicole is the Sr. Site Merchandiser for Accessories, Kids, and Textiles at YLiving. She is obsessed with great design in all forms with a special love for jewelry, wine bottle labels, and tableware. When she’s not exploring the many museums and art galleries of the Bay Area, Nicole spends time looking for and visiting obscure and unusual destinations (locally and abroad) while practicing her photography skills.

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