On a recent trip to London, I had breakfast at Nopi, star chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s restaurant in Soho. He has three other cafe-delis dotted around the city, but this one, located north of Piccadilly (hence Nopi), is a proper restaurant. Designed by Israeli architect Alex Meitlis, the man responsible for all of Ottolenghi’s projects, Nopi shares the pristine, all-white interiors of the other outposts, but is elevated by brass accents, including circles used as a recurring motif, from the restaurant’s sign to its ingenious napkin holders. For the latter, Meitlis has taken a hardware store staple and transformed it into an elegant table accessory. Better still, the idea is easily–and cheaply–replicated at home.
Above: One of two dining rooms at Nopi. Meitlis is known for drilling down on details: Note the built-in brass hangers. Photograph via Lucy Will Show You.
Above L: The restaurant’s brass napkin rings. Above R: Water bottles adorned with brass circles.
I found brass rings like the one shown here at my local hardware store. Trident makes a solid Brass Ring, two inches in diameter, available via Amazon for $3.95.
Above: The gleaming O’s on the exterior.
Above: Nopi’s streamlined, elegant table settings. Photograph via Architectural Digest.
Above L: The napkins are tidily rolled. Above R: Rings anchor the checks.
For more brass inspiration, check out:
- Palette and Paints: Brass Tones
- 5 Favorites: Brass Faucets for the Kitchen
- Brass Accents for the Well-Organized Kitchen
- Brass Dome Lights from Allied Maker
This post is an update; it originally appeared on January 8, 2014, as part of our New Start issue.