Restaurant Design

October 27, 2010

If you could choose any restaurant to dine in based purely on its interior design, where would you choose? Below, I’ve gathered a few restaurants that I think show unique and harmonious design.

A Cliff's Edge

I recently went to a restaurant in LA called A Cliff’s Edge and I fell in love with the design of the outdoor space. It got me thinking, what is it that makes this space so unique? The one obvious reason is the huge tree right in the middle of the patio! It added character, dimension and a little bit of fantasy.

The second reason was the lighting. I was there at night and the combination of candle light and string lights in the tree was perfect. It created an atmosphere of intimacy. Another thing that helped with the lighting was along the outside edge behind the booths were large mirrors that were angled to maximize the reflection of the lighting.

The space had a dynamic layout all balanced around the tree. Overall this space exuded great natural, organic design.

L'Atelier, Paris

Above is Joel Robuchon’s restaurant in Paris L’Atelier. Notice the use of color in this space. By staying with a basic 3 color scheme of red, dark wood and white place settings, the food becomes center stage. I visited this restaurant when I was in Paris a few years ago and one of the main reasons this design works for this space is because it creates an interaction between the patrons and the chefs, much like a sushi bar. It is a comfortable, sophisticated space that isn’t overwhelmed by multiple design elements.

Felix Restaurant, Hong Kong, Designed by Philippe Starck

 

Banq, Boston Designed by dA

These last two restaurants are places I would love to visit. Both offer a unique experience. I love how Starck created a light and airy space. His use of minimal color and negative space draws the eye to the large expanse of windows. By hanging floor to ceiling curtains he was able to delineate different areas of the restaurant.

Wouldn’t you just love to dine at Banq designed by dA? The complete and total focus on the ceiling combined with the minimal design of the tables and chairs creates a very intimate space.

I am feeling inspired! How about you? What are some critical design elements in a restaurant that make it or break it for you? Please share and hope you are having an Outstanding week!

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Modern Malibu Weekend Home

September 15, 2009

I saw this 700 square feet modern weekend home on the LA Times website and loved how the house was designed and some of the unique features of it.

Malibu Weekend Home by Architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner

Malibu Weekend Home by Architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner

 

After losing 2 homes in wildfires in 1993, architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner designed and created this sustainable weekend home to be fire resistant. By using fire resistant materials such as corrugated Rheinzink panels, fire-rated drywall, cellulose insulation, dual pane windows and a fire rated composition roof top,  the shell of the home was entirely fire resistant.

Malibu Weekend Home Interior

Malibu Weekend Home Interior

The interior of the home was designed with an open floor plan with sunken levels to accomodate the dining room as well as a work space and a loft bedroom above. The architects created the sustainable home by using materials like concrete flooring on the first floor and bamboo flooring on the stairs. The walls are clad in oriented strand board and the team used sliding glass doors and a skylight to achieve maximum energy efficiency.

To me, this home is a great example of innovative sustainable living for the future. More pictures and information can be seen here.

First up today, a house I found on Curbed LA.

3584 Multiview

3584 Multiview

 

I personally love the staging of the home. It is available for rent or sale and there is an open house this weekend. It has many green features including recycled glass terrazzo tile, cork floors, low V.O.C. paint. And has the added design feature of Jonathan Adler lighting. It is renting right now for $7950. More info here and here.

Next up, from The New York Times. You know that surfboard you have lying around or that old door, how about making it into a table?

Re-Vive Table Legs

Re-Vive Table Legs

Richard Liddle has come up with a solution for all those scrap pieces we have lying around- make them into a table! He has created a “clamp technology with an extended leg” that can be attached to practically anything (as long as its 4″ thick or less) without any tools needed. You can get 4 legs for $160 in either black or orange. More info can be found at branchhome.com

Lastly, an article about Custom Furniture from The New York Times

Tori Mellott's Living Room and Custom Sofa and Coffee Table

Tori Mellott's Living Room and Custom Sofa and Coffee Table

It’s all about the details when it comes to design and what better way to get exactly the details you want then with custom furniture. This is a great article about the ups and downs of getting custom furniture and ways to make it worth your while (and your money).

I discovered this amazing piece of interior architecture on http://thecoolhunter.net/ and just had to share it!

Metro Station, Drassanes, Barcelona

Metro Station, Drassanes, Barcelona

 

Metro Station, Drassanes, Barcelona

Metro Station, Drassanes, Barcelona

 

Metro Station, Drassanes, Barcelona

Metro Station, Drassanes, Barcelona

 

The original station was built in 1968 and has recently been given a face lift buy architects Eduardo Gutierrez Munne and Jordi Fernandez. In order to bring the station into the 21st century, the architects decided to resurface the interior with white glass enforced concrete and resin.

The vibrant colors, bright white and clean feel of the station give it a sense of openness and fluidity.

If you are ever in Barcelona, I would be sure to check this station out! I know I will!

Neutra Inspired Library

July 27, 2009

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Last week, I read on Curbed La (la.curbed.com) about the new Silver Lake Library and I thought I would share…

The library was designed by M2A Architects and has many Neutra esque features. Neutra is known for his use of bold geometric shapes, airy structures, and for really getting to know his clients and their needs.  Here is some of his work:

Boomerang Chair by Richard Neutra

Boomerang Chair by Richard Neutra

 

Kaufmann Palm Springs House

Kaufmann Palm Springs House

 

Both his furniture and his architecture exhibit his dedication to unique yet simple designs.

Now, the Silver Lake Library:

Reading Room

Reading Room

 

First Floor Room

First Floor Room

 

Staff Seating

Staff Seating

*All pictures above from la.curbed.com

Based on these pictures, I think the architects have done a great job designing the space to echo back to the era of Richard Neutra. The large glass windows give the space an airy, open feel and also allow for more than enough natural light. The bold angular stripes of color create interest in the rooms. And, I love what they have done with the staff seating. Having the workstations angled into the room give the space the geometric shape that Neutra is famous for. Not to mention the library is hoping to attain it’s LEED Gold Certification.

*Update*

I have just been informed by Felicia Filer, Director of Public Art for the Department of Cultural Affairs  for the City of Los Angeles, that there is another major contributor to the Silver Lake Library. That person is public artist Christina Ulke. Christina Ulke is the person behind the bold angular stripes of color as well as many other features throughout the library.

According to Felicia Filer:

“Her artwork “Twenty-Two Thoughts Meet At A Corner” consists of 5 pieces that feature text about Silver Lake’s unique cultural scene, the eclectic mix of modernism, pop culture, and art.
     The 5 thematic areas each use text as the main formal element, and present diverse voices of distinct moments in Silver Lake history. The steel beam, which extends from the library facade into the landscaped garden, contains a quote by Richard Neutra, whose office was nearby. The collection of quotes in the meeting room focuses on the modern Silver Lake. The quotes are painted on the top of underlying structural beams. Above the main circulation desk is a text mural of the Edendale Hills, which transitions between story-telling and identity-based postmodernism. In the children’s area is a playful display of a Wood Guthrie song. The youth area features quotes meandering over the walls in the form of sound waves.
     Ms. Ulke created the piece as part of the Public Percent for Art Programof the Department of Cultural Affairs. This program was developed from a City of Los Angeles ordinance requiring City improvement projects to spend 1% of the construction budget on public art. Ms. Ulke was selected by a competitive process for the commission. She spent a great deal of time and effort researching Silver Lake, and met several times with the architects, library staff, and members of the community while she was developing the work.”

Thank You Christina Ulke for making this such an impactful library. And Thank You Felicia Filer for bringing this to my attention.