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Meet the Team – Paul

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March 5, 2019

The latest instalment in our ‘Meet the Team’ series comes from Designer, Paul Siebke, who has worked at ABDA for almost five years.

Previously, Paul worked for Design Coalition on design concepts and national rollouts for some of the UK’s leading restaurant and bar brands, and has used his creative flair and experience on a number of design projects since joining ABDA.

What has been your most challenging and exciting projects over the past year?

I’ve worked on a number of brilliant projects since joining ABDA, however the most fun project for me was probably working on a concept restaurant design for the Royal Armouries. What was so great about this project was that I was able to use inspiration from the exhibits in the use of materials and textures used in ancient armour which was fascinating. I also worked on merging the museum into the restaurant area by creating seating areas amongst historic displays, which provided something unique to the restaurant.

The most challenging project for me was for a global supplier to the petroleum industry, where we were appointed to design a multi-use space for dining, collaborative working, presentations and meetings. Some of the projects the company work on are very sensitive and they often have representatives from competitors who visit the site and use the area. Despite this being challenging, it was fun creating a space that could be adapted to suit the client’s diverse demands.

What hospitality design trends are on your radar for 2019?

2019 will see much more use of layered texture in interior spaces, for example the mid-century/neo industrial feel persisting in the shells of rooms with the use of concrete and timbers for walls and floors, but in a more polished form. Upholstery fabrics such as velvet and wool will be used to soften this as well as the heavy use of botanicals, which has proven to be popular in the last few years within bars and restaurants. Not only with patterns, but using lots of large plants to create screening and define areas will most likely become a huge trend throughout the year, with a much bolder use of colour.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the ABDA team?

I work with a fantastic bunch of people who have a lot of experience and talent. We push and inspire each other in our designs and we all work really well as a team, which is fantastic and makes ABDA a great place to work.

If you require design support or advice for your next bar or restaurant project, get in touch with Paul at paul.siebke@abdadesign.co.uk and he will be happy to discuss any design related questions or queries you may have.

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