July 1, 2016

10 Global Restaurants Deliver Design à la Carte

Our menu of unexpected dining options:

1. Firm: Jordi Ginabreda-Interior Design Studio.

Project: La Bona Sort.

Site: Barcelona, Spain.

Standout: Like the past and the present shaking hands, 16th-century stone walls and brick arches surround contemporary dining cubes in fir.

2. Firm: Associated Architects Partnership.

Project: Dallah.

Site: Kuwait City.

Standout: Along the length of this bakery’s graphic wall, oak pinwheels seem to spin merrily, their shape complemented by the hexagonal-patterned vinyl behind.

3. Firm: Studio Norguet Design.

Project: McDonald’s.

Site: Paris.

Standout: The gray of cast concrete walls makes a quiet backdrop for the light boxes’ riot of color, attracting passersby on the AVenue des Champs-Élysées.

4. Firm: Giuseppe Gurrieri.

Project: Ecò.

Site: Ragusa, Italy.

Standout: Hinged sections of this coffee bar’s laminated resin-coated poplar facade pull out to form a trio of tabletops for espresso alfresco.

5. Firm: Studio Collective

Project: Estrella.

Site: Los Angeles.

Standout: White oak and Douglas fir, hand-painted Mexican tiles, vintage and custom furniture, and a lush brick patio come together for a 1970s bungalow vibe with contemporary nods. 

6. Firm: Dutch East Design.

Project: Jue Lan Club Hamptons.

Site: Southampton, New York.

Standout: Beachy sophistication breezes through the modern Chinese restaurant in the form of Pablo Studio pendants, crisp Sunbrella chair fabric, white-painted beadboard ceiling, and outdoor ceramic lanterns.

7. Firm: Olson Kundig.

Project: Optimism Brewing Co.

Site: Seattle.

Standout: Interior Design Hall of Famer Tom Kundig has transformed a 1920s former auto shop into a 400-seat establishment showcasing the beer-making process, while also preserving the site’s original single-pane windows and board-formed concrete walls and repurposing its old-growth fir roof trusses into custom benches. 

8. Firm: Karoline Butzert and Nora Witzigmann.

Restaurant: Oh Panama.

Location: Berlin.

Standout: The German children’s book Oh, wie schön ist Panama as well as vintage volumes on Central and South America inspired the tropical aesthetic permeating the two-story space, dominated by pale ash wood and a chandelier of vintage lights by Björn Dahlem.

9. Firms: Ste. Marie and Glasfurd & Walker.

Restaurant: Savio Volpe.

Location: Vancouver, BC.

Standout: Dubbed “Italian Farmhouse modern,” the osteria is at once rustic and polished, its custom furniture and lighting owing a debt to Enzo Mari, Carlo Mollino, and Bruno Munari, and its name Italian for wise fox, who stars in the logo.

10. Firm: Workshop/APD.

Restaurant: Taka.

Location: Asbury Park, NJ.

Standout: Grasshopper software was used to create the undulating exterior brickwork, a bitmap converted from a wave in the Walter Myers mural inside, where acrylic pendant globes mingle with oak ceiling panels and Concertex’s starburst Polaris upholstery.

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