Restaurant Development & Design

NOV-DEC 2017

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N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • 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 • 8 1 + Space often dictates design. If you have an existing space that you're working with that has a lot of character, it is much easier to design because there's so much inspiration to respond to. A white box or a cookie-cutter space requires a strong concept to guide your design. Nando's often oc- cupies interesting spaces and is a good example of where we let the character of the space guide the design. + South African design and culture. With our Nando's client, we are continually exposed to South African design and culture, and the eclectic mix of pattern and color that is seen in South African fashion and design inspires me every day. + Residential's influence on restaurant design. Design that revolves around a more residential warmth and feel is trending right now. Spaces that feel like home with loose and organic seating areas and furniture pieces are being used in lieu of fixed and permanent elements. Right now, it's all about comfort with a mix of vintage or an eclectic touch. + Instagrammable moments. With the world of social me- dia such a part of our lives, create unique moments within a space that are Instagrammable — creating free publicity and marketing for a brand. This is espe- cially important for projects that have tight budgets. + The globalization of design. Global travel and the influence of social media to broadly share designs have a big influence on today's design trends; even big box retailers are on board. Bonus Tips + Think holistically. When designing, don't think about the floor plan, ceiling and walls individually. All need to be thought of as a whole to create a strong design and focus on creating space rather than decorating. Nando's in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago features a holistic design approach.

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