Restaurant Development & Design

NOV-DEC 2017

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2 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 • N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 2017 PRODUCT GUIDE BUILDING PRODUCTS & MATERIALS P ulling together the kaleidoscopic range of materials and products with which to bring a particu- lar restaurant concept to life is one of the great joys of the job for many designers, but it's also a constant balancing act. The thrill of the hunt for materials that are on-trend, unique and aesthetically appropriate — and provide just the right wow-factor — can be quickly tempered by the cold, hard realities of budget, lead times, durability, sanitation and maintenance. The key to success? Whether designer or operator, don't fall in love with a particular look or material without a thorough examination of how it's likely to perform and what its total cost, including sourcing, installation, maintenance, and eventual repair or replacement, will be. All restaurant surfaces must stand up to abuse — some much more than others — and factors such as customer demograph- ics, service style, hours of operation and anticipated volume must come into play. And in every case, designers insist, when it comes to selecting ma- terials for restaurant projects, branding trumps trends. For Ken Lam, co-founder and principal of Navigate Design, with offices in Toronto and New York, selecting prod- ucts and materials that satisfy both form and function is a process that's entirely brand-driven. A participant in rd+d's De- signers Dish story earlier this year, Lam talked about his approach to materials and what's top of mind in his studio. "Interior design has a tendency to get very bored very easily when it comes to 'what's hot' in materials," Lam says. "We're probably already bored with the things that you're seeing all over Pinterest — the really buzzy stuff. Tile, for example: Hexagonal and rhombus- shaped tile has been really hot, but we're moving on to tile that has non-uniform shapes, 3-D tile, etc. We really like to look for what's next and who hasn't done something like it yet. "As for classic materials, such as marble and wood: They'll always be classic, and there's no shift away from them," Lam continues. "And fabric is huge, especially mixing fabrics and seeing how we can engage the dual- and triple-tone colors in fabrics. In lighting, the big shift is toward LED — decorative and not just architectural. You can actu- ally now have a chandelier with Edison bulbs that looks pretty real. "Ultimately, however, all materials choices are brand-driven. Authenticity is key, and when a brand calls for an old material, you can't really say no because that's what will best portray the brand." Fractured Ice Surfacing ENVELEX Fractured Ice is a surfacing product that creates interplay between fractured glacial effects and a smooth icy background. Ideal for themed bar dies, column faces, wall inserts and signage applications where icy effects are called for, this product can be specified in any combination of colors and thicknesses. ENVEL DESIGN www.enveldesign.com Vinyl-Coated Fabric Casablanca is a classic and elegant linen collection that combines inspired design with dimensional texture and exceptional performance. Available in 10 colors, Casablanca colorways stand alone or pair with a wide range of solids. This collection was developed with the restaurant industry in mind; all patterns are stain resistant and flame retardant and contain an agent to protect against bacterial and fungal microorganisms. Uniroyal Global Engineered Products Inc. www.naugahyde.com Vintage Chicken Wire Glass Vintage chicken wire glass is produced by pouring glass over actual twisted chicken wire, as opposed to modern-day versions of chicken wire glass that are laminated. It is shatterproof and inter- cepts more than 99 percent of incoming ultraviolet rays, protecting objects from discoloration caused by exposure to di- rect sunlight. It is available in clear and a variety of patterns, textures and styles, including mirrored and stained glass. Olde Good Things www.ogtstore.com

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