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The Nest is Frankfurt’s answer to a breezy Tulum café

British interior design studio Jolie thought outside the box for its latest commission, a five-year pop-up restaurant in central Frankfurt called the Nest.

Allowing the five senses to instruct its design choices, the studio devised a scheme that calms, calibrates and raises spirits—a goal many social spots try yet fail to achieve.

Jolie looked to popular holiday destinations that inspire serenity, mapping out elements that would do the same in a bustling city. ‘Our brief was to create an atmosphere not just of relaxation but of distinct escapism reminiscent of the breezy, eclectic eateries of Tulum and California,’ says lead designer Emma Flowers. ‘We envisioned the Nest as a serene retreat – a vacation hideaway nestled in the heart of Frankfurt.’

Photography: Billy Bolton

The materials Flowers chose are not only visually pleasing but tactile as well, like plush woven upholsteries, cushy banquettes, cool pink marble and natural timber. Soothing natural tones are complemented by pops of glossy terracotta and tadelakt to enhance energy.

Ambient lighting complements the ambient soundtrack, chosen to soften the transition between the indoors, with its intimate seating areas, and the livelier outdoor terrace. The designers considered this together with an olfactory landscape that includes sandalwood, bergamot and citrus scents infused through the space. Scientific research informed their choices in an effort to reduce anxiety.

Together, these elements suit early-morning coffee sessions and evening drinks. It helps that the menu is full of healthy fish and veg options, and the property sits alongside a park with meandering paths and a fountain.

The rear dining room
Photography: Billy Bolton
Shelving/room divider
Photography: Billy Bolton

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