News Cafe Rosebank and StudioA Signature Projects were recipients at the prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Awards ceremony held at London’s Old Truman Brewery on 29th September 2016.

The International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, now in its 8th year, is a world renowned competition committed to the design of food and beverage spaces around the world. The Joburg based contemporary bar and bistro beat out entries from the world’s top architects, designers and hospitality operators in the Middle East and African category.


The Social

Located at The Zone in Rosebank, News Café opened its doors in February 2016 and has since become Jozi’s casual go-to dining bar with its sociable ambience that embodies an industrial eclectic aesthetic permeating the entire space. The eatery encompasses beautifully crafted features underlining the mood and enhancing the lighting, with a refined and contemporary feel, complimenting studded distressed leather seating, contributing to a uniquely South African cocktail lounge culture ambience. The glass-expensed front allows natural light and opens to a street front, which offers visitors an urban pavement vibe.


Cutting Edge Design

Designed by Tristan Du Plessis of StudioA Signature Projects, the freshly designed News Café Rosebank’s concept is in alignment with the brands expanding customer base as well as a new generation of patrons and serves as an iconic setting in Johannesburg’s fresh urban cultural landscape. ‘Appealing to News Cafe’s aspirational client base, we experimented with a bit of colour by expanding on the idea of the street art movement, which inspired the bar in the store’, says Du Plessis.


“ We took current local and international trends head on and created a great new aesthetic without losing touch with the News Cafe identity. Inspired by the brands world class offering, we borrowed from global trends and used interesting finishes and features to give character to the store”

Restaurant & Bar Design Award

Winners across over 36 categories were awarded at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. The ceremony was attended by 800 of the world’s best designers and their clients responsible for the design of the most innovative food and beverage settings. Judged by a panel of some of the most influential personalities in design, hospitality, and lifestyle globally, Tristan Du Plessis and News Cafe Rosebank owner Lambros Argirys were in attendance to accept the esteemed award for their cutting edge design concept.


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ELLE Deco SAGabriella Neumbo was born and bred in the semi-arid country of Namibia but adopted by the African rainbow nation of South Africa. She has an unwavering passion for fashion, good food and travel, but it’s the adventures with her other love, photography, that would truly put you through a 1000 words.



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