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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Lighting Thursday!

October 8, 2009

Astral Chandelier by jGoodDesign

Astral Chandelier by jGoodDesign

 

This first fixture is the Astral Chandelier by jGoodDesign. It is crafted of hand blown glass and is fully customizable. The fixture can be designed with either one tier of glass or multiple tiers and you have the option of either including or not including the satin stripes inside the fluted glass. The fluid, unique, airiness of this chandelier makes it incredibly versatile. More information can be seen here.

 

Bloom Lumen by Adam Frank

Bloom Lumen by Adam Frank

 

This oil lamp fixture is called Bloom Lumen and is by Adam Frank.  The series Lumen by Adam Frank act as shadow projectors. Each piece is unique and is meant to create a shadow on a wall. The flickering flame adds an organic dimension to the projected art. Adam Frank has six different varieties of the fixture and they can be seen and purchased ($48) here.

 

Fujiya Floor Lamp from Dare Studio

Fujiya Floor Lamp from Dare Studio

 

I love the simple yet interesting lines of the lamp. This lamp is the Fujiya Floor and Table lamp by Dare Studio. The lamps are available in either American Black Walnut or American White Walnut and the steel shades come in three colors- red, white, and black.  Gloss and custom colors are also available as a special order. It is manufactured in the UK, so if you are outside of th UK some rewiring may have to be done for this fixture. I think this would be a great accent to a home office!

Lighting Thursday!

September 17, 2009

This Thursday, I found a couple great fixtures.

 

Sola Chandelier by Niche Modern

Sola Chandelier by Niche Modern

 

 

The first fixtures is the Sola Chandelier by Niche Modern. The Sola is extremely customizable which is one of the reasons I really like it. You can choose the ring size (24″, 36″, 48″, 60″), the ring color (Brushed Nickle, Polished Nickle, Architectural Bronze, or Matte Black), the glass shape, and the glass color and orientation (some of the shapes can be mounted to the top of the ring). This is one of those fixtures that would be perfectly suited in a number of applications because of its flexibility. I could see it in an entry way, over a dining room table, or the focal point in a large living room.

 

Jenny Chandelier by Oly Studio

Jenny Chandelier by Oly Studio

 

This unique fixture is the Jenny Chandelier by Oly. The Jenny Chandelier is made with natural shells with antique silver hardware. It comes in both a large and a small size. The dimension of the small size is 21.75″ in diameter by 30″ in height and the large size is 27.5 in diameter by 39.5″ in height. The shell colors are either blue/green or ivory. Shown above is the blue/green fixture. Obviously this would be great in a beach house, but, if done correctly it could also be used in a very modern house for a touch of nature.

Lighting Thursday!

September 10, 2009

I love when a product serves two purposes…which is exactly why I love this light switch!

OFF- Light Switch Hook

OFF- Light Switch Hook

 

To encourage people to save more energy by turning off the lights in your house, the people at Amron Experimental bring you the OFF Light Switch Hook.  The switch is fully functioning and when it is in the off position, you can hang something on it!

 

Air Table Lamp by Ray Power for LZF

Air Table Lamp by Ray Power for LZF

This lamp is the Air Table Lamp by Ray Power for LZF Lamps. The lamp is made of Polywood and comes in two different table lamp sizes as well as a wall lamp. You can get any of the three fixtures in 8 different colors and it uses either incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs. I love the fluid nature of this lamp. The organic shape is refreshing and the bright colors give it a whimsical style.

DIY Basket Pendant

August 24, 2009

I found this great idea at two ellie for a Basket Pendant

Basket Light Pendant, Two Ellie

Basket Light Pendant, Two Ellie

 

To recreate this great pendant, all you need is a basket without handles, a simple down rod pendant, and someone that knows how to hang a light!

Get a basket, something like this from Curegirl0421 Etsy’s shop would work great for a little flair…

Big Pink Cloth Basket, from Etsy.com

Big Pink Cloth Basket, from Etsy.com

 

And a simple downrod from Lowes or Home Depot like this.

Cut a hole in the bottom of the basket to match the size of the bottom (where the glass shade would attach) of the pendant and secure the basket to the fixture.

Have it wired to your j-box and viola! you have yourself a brand new pendant light fixture.

Lighting Thursday

August 20, 2009

Here are some great fixtures for you on this lovely Thursday…

 

6-Globe Branching Bubble by Lindsey Adelman

6-Globe Branching Bubble by Lindsey Adelman

 

First up is the 6-Globe Branching Bubble by Lindsey Adelman.  This piece is one of many in her Bubble Series.  Each piece is made to order with hand-blown glass globes and custom metal fittings. The whole fixture can be customized in terms of overall dimensions and number of globes as well as the finishes. The globes come in 14K gold foil, murrine, white cane, aqua, and white and metal finish options include oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel, brushed brass, and brushed 24K gold. There is a 10 week lead time for each piece and the average price is $1600/globe. Depending on the finish, I could see this fixture in a number of places, from a barn like decor to a modern museum.

 

Curly Lamp by Fuz

Curly Lamp by Fuz

 

Next up is the Curly Lamp by Fuz. The Curly Lamp is a recycled plastic translucent shade that you  wrap around a compact fluorescent bulb. It comes in two sizes- small and large with the small measuring 7.5″ x 12″  ($35) and the large measuring 10″ x 15.5″ ($45).  I think it is a great home office lamp.

 

Gloss Lamp by Pablo Designs

Gloss Lamp by Pablo Designs

 

Lastly, this is the Gloss Lamp by Pablo Designs. The Gloss Lamp comes in both a floor lamp ($355)  and a table lamp ($310). It is constructed of twin polycarbonate shades with an aluminum base. The Gloss Lamps can be positioned to practically any angle and varying heights making them incredibly versatile for both ambient and direct light. The acrylic shades come in clear, blue, orange, and bronze and they use halogen lamps.

Lighting Thursday!

August 13, 2009

It’s Lighting Thursday and I have some good fixtures today- A natural pendant, an antique inspired wall sconce, and a playful, colorful table lamp.

 

Woven Pendant, West Elm

Woven Pendant, West Elm

 

First up, the Woven Pendant from West Elm. This fixture is made from palm leaves that have been woven together in this unique pattern over a powder coated metal frame. The pattern adds textural interest while still maintaing a modern look. It uses a 60W bulb, and is $199.00. West Elm shows the fixture above a dining table, which I love, but I also think this fixture would be perfect in a reading nook above a chair.

Rex, from Remains Lighting Collection

Rex, from Remains Lighting Collection

 

I am a lover of antiques, and this wall sconce from Remains Lighting  just caught my eye. This particular piece is a remake of an antique. It is called Rex and is available in a number of finishes from brass to bronze to nickel to pewter to silver to gold, with either a mirror, black glass or white glass inset panel. Shown is the Satin Nickel with black glass inset panel. When I see this fixture, I see it in a sophisticated library or dining room designed with the 1930’s in mind.

PXL, by Fredrik Mattson

PXL, by Fredrik Mattson

 

Lastly, we have PXL, a table lamp by Fredrik Mattson, and produced by Zero. PXL is multicolored lacquered aluminum and steel and uses a 60W/E27 lamp. Would look great in a kids room, a modern daycare, a colorful home office. I could see this lamp in endless spaces.