Danish design studio, Space Copenhagen, have created elegant interiors for chef Andreas Bagh’s new restaurant, Esmée. Located at Kings Square in the heart of the Danish capital, the restaurant pays homage to the classic French brasserie, whilst simultaneously adding a modern twist with playful optimism.
Drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean, the design of Esmée nods to Southern European dining; the space designed to evolve throughout the day starting as a relaxed morning coffee spot before transferring to casual business lunch vibe, and later a destination for early evening cocktails. Followed, of course, by dinner; with a choice of dishes from an à la carte menu rooted in classic French dishes with a Nordic touch. All created in the kitchen of acclaimed chef, Andreas Bagh.
The main dining area features original columns used to divide the space, whilst mirrors create depth among the natural sandy tones and marble-effect paint. Verdant banquettes upholstered in deep green leather come from Space Copenhagen’s NUANCE collection with Sorensen Leather, and add a splash of colour to an otherwise neutral space.
The dining room leads out to a courtyard and outdoor dining area, featuring u-shaped bench seating arrangement in a cumaru hardwood, chairs from Danish brand Sika Design made in alu-rattan, and an abundance of lush greenery and trees. Deep plum, red and burgundy, meanwhile, make up the colour palette in the bar, which acts as a standalone bar and focal point of the restaurant. It’s a wonderful spot to enjoy a pre-dinner tipple.
“We wanted to respect the beautiful Kongens Nytorv space but completely reinterpret it and see it through new eyes,” comments Space Copenhagen’s co-founder, Peter Bundgaard Rützou. “We feel that the design of Esmée has a real sense of joy and celebration about it, which really feels right for these times. It is also the perfect foil for the meticulous cooking of chef Andreas Bagh.” A place of refined elegance and sublime atmospherics, it’s hard to disagree.