1124 23rd Street NW
Washington DC 20037
Imperfecto opened March 19, 2021 and was awarded a first Guide Michelin star May 4th, 2022.
The design was awarded Best Restaurant/Bar in the Americas and winner of the category Americas Surface Interior at
2022 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
Imperfecto was awarded 2021 Award of Excellence in construction by Associated Builders and Contractors, USA.
The restaurant is located on an urban corner of 23rd Street & L Street in a neighborhood with easy access from Washington Circle. The design is openly influenced by Mediterranean archetypes and has a distinctly Mediterranean color palette of white, black, and hues of blue, punctuated with warm wood and terra-cotta accents. The 98-seat restaurant is divided into three parts: The Bar, The Chef's Table and The Main Dining Room, each offering a distinct energy and aesthetic. Varied high-quality finishes and authentic materials including Greek and Italian marbles as well as brass and wood from different parts of the world, create contrasting textures across the space.
The main backdrop wall of the restaurant is inspired by the block volume formations of a marble quarry. The wall is articulated with multiple textures in various shades of of white - both lean and rough, shiny and matte, reflecting the light in different ways. Bespoke furniture, custom designed by OOAK, combined with some of the world's biggest designer brands, create the scene for this extraordinary culinary experience as envisioned by chef Enrique Limardo and partner Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger. A custom-made host desk of book-match Carpathian elm combined with ceramic artwork by artist Melina Xenaki adorns the space, and the intricately designed bar area features a large size photography by Yiorgos Kordakis and overhead arches with bespoke light fixtures by Orbium light studio, Stockholm. Elegant leather banquette "silos" line the back wall, creating a pod-like dining experience with overhead domes and round tables. Above the main dining room, drop formed glass bulbs designed by Swedish Glass artist Simon Klenell, provide warm lighting.
Ho do you create a holistic experience celebrating an identity that derives from a synthesis of different elements
and culinary worlds?
Washington DC, USA
2018 - 2021
- sq.m. / - sq.ft
Team: Johan Annerhed, Maria Papafigou