Restaurants/bars/clubs etc. in barely-touched former warehouses are hardly anything new, however – as proprietors around the world continue to put lavish interior designers out of business – it’s not a trend we’re about to get bored of. Any time soon. In fact, with every flake of crusty paint that peels, every chip of floor tile that comes loose, and every hunk of unfamiliar machinery that throbs in our imagination; we just love them more and more.
Located in Eindhoven’s Strijp-S – a fantastically bleak 30 hectare site, formerly owned by Dutch electronics giant Philips and known locally as The Forbidden City – Radio Royaal is another post-industrial wonder to add to the list. What they haven’t spent on interior design has seemingly been spent on some choice pieces of art, Rene Mesman’s wonderfully brusque photographs of plated raw food looming large overhead.
Chairs, tables and a vintage TV box look like they’ve been dragged straight out of the warehouse manager’s 1950s boardroom, whilst from the kitchen; the ugly/beautiful paradox of oysters embody the cold splendour of the venue. A grubby little beauty in a seriously hip city.