Restaurant Development & Design

September-October 2017

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6 8 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 Reader's Choices Deborah L. English, IIDA, CCID, founder and president, D L English Design in Pasadena, Calif., specializes in designing destinations within places, often dining spaces in grocery stores. Her 40-person firm has completed hundreds of projects for companies such as Whole Foods Market, Irvine Company, Bristol Farms and Soriana in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. English opened her multidisciplinary firm in 2000. It offers a full range of design services from architectural and interior design to graphics, decor, and millwork fabrica- tion and installation. Here, she shares with rd+d some of her favorite trends. + Experiential Spaces Within Grocery Stores. At the Los Angeles-based Shuffle Bar, we wanted to explore a growing trend of blending food and entertainment within a Whole Foods Market. The environment takes on the comfortable and familiar feeling of a neighborhood hangout for regulars to play, observe, drink and dine. Drawing on the LA area's pub tradition, we integrated play into the space through a central dominance of a regulation shuffleboard table adapted to add high-top bar seating. Additional cues taken from the game are repeated within the space as patterns on the ceil- ing, windows and signage. + Creation of Place Through Bold Color. We designed the 2nd Bar to include a combination of Mexican visual heritage with both traditional and colorful contemporary abstract forms to define an experiential food and beverage destination for the community. Paying homage to one aspect of the early history of El Segundo, Calif., as part of a Mexican land grant, the design takes cues from Mexican modernism through its use of color, light and space. The composition of materials, both polished and aged, combines shapes, aesthetic and textures with the feeling of local craft. + Aspirational Graphics. Instead of looking for direct correlations between cultural history and this relatively new community in Irvine, Calif., we turned to the spirit and aspirations of the area and devel- oped architecture, decor and graphics that speak to the local energy. The design is informed by the community's attitude and expressed in bright, festive colors, materials and graphics, inspiring people to keep moving forward and "dream big!"

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