Design Inspiration: Giraffe


Last week, I embarked on a little trip to the north for a Textiles Conference and on the way back, decided to stop in a cold and rainy Leeds. Having walked past a few ‘Giraffe’ restaurants in London, I was intrigued by the stylish interiors and delicious smells wafting in the air so we decided to venture inside.

As a design student, well designed interiors if enough to make my spend my hard-earned cash (example, Anthopologie!) but Giraffe takes this one step further. From the California blue chairs to iced tea in maison jars, every little detail has been meticulously chosen to compliment the breezy, artsy look.

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When my aptly named ‘Sunshine Coast Iced Tea’¬† arrived I couldn’t help but squeal. A delicious blend of chamomile & green tea with mango, lime & fresh mint. This sweet tea was presented in a glass mason jar with a slice of lemon and a spring of mint. The entire place is 100% intsagram-able!


I’m not normal one to take photos of my food but it was hard to resist posting this veggie burger all over my social media. This falafel burger also contains grilled pepper, hummus, beetroot, rocket, halloumi, tzatziki & harissa! Not quite as good as Blas in St Ives, but a secure second. That’s a hell of a lot for one burger (plus some home fried chips and spicy sun-dried tomato sauce) all arranged on an oddly shaped wooden board.


Last but not least is the beautifully designed menu and typography by Illustrator Debbie Powell. The soft, hand written font has to be a favourite of mine, with the subtle mix of styles and cases.


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