Restaurant Development & Design

NOV-DEC 2018

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4 0 • 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 8 2018 PRODUCT GUIDE BUILDING PRODUCTS & MATERIALS T rending: There's a lot of outside- the-box, creative thinking when it comes to materials right now and a lot of focus on using found objects and curated collections to create interesting designs and more authen- tic experiences. I was doing research recently for work on a new Peruvian restaurant and came across a place that just blew my mind. They took the theme and really went for it with creative use of materials. For dividers between the booths, for example, they took as inspiration the idea of looms and weav- ing, which is such a big part of Peruvian culture. Loom frames and strings were used as booth dividers. It was such a fun idea and exactly the type of thing that's trending now, which is taking an idea and really pushing the boundaries of it. It's very different from the old polished, re•ned restaurant look. Three hot materials: One thing I'm seeing and using a lot is wood panels that have geometric formats, like her- ringbone. They're already inlaid and they come in sheets so they're affordable and very easy to install. Paired with nice lighting, they look amazing on bar fronts and even whole walls, especially when you integrate some metal with the wood. Metals are really hot now, too — not shiny, blingy-looking metals that look dated but softer, warmer metals that add richness and character to a space. They're being showcased as large-format •nishes but also in smaller applications like hardware and nail heads on the backs of banquettes and chairs, which adds another layer. Another great new thing is custom-printed wood veneers. It's amazing! Current obsession: Wallcoverings as art. Sometimes you have to spend a lot of money on an art budget, but now there are great alternatives with very artistic wallcoverings. From vintage photo effects, to printed panels that look like expensive molding and can be customized for any design aesthetic and in any size you want, they're a great way to create a unique visual experience at a reasonable cost. Best advancements: Flooring and tile. From the standpoint of both aesthet- ics and durability, these two materials have come so far in the past few years. There are amazing wood-look vinyls and porcelain tiles, for instance, that absorb sound, have great durability and are affordable. And the whole decorative tile segment is exploding with affordable products that really •t what clients want right now, which is a lot of vintage and aged looks. These types of materials are really game changers. Designer Insights: Jessica Lotner Senior Interior Designer, The McBride Company Multi-Tasking Surface Material Made from European beech, RayFleck is infused with an acrylic resin. Panels of Ray- Fleck can be fabricated into furniture, bar tops, wall paneling, tabletops and more. Pre- •nished tabletops can also be ordered directly from TorZo Sur- faces. RayFleck is available in eight colors, including natural. TorZo Surfaces Real Wood Veneer Laminates Treefrog Open is a line of eight pre•nished real wood veneer laminates. The collection includes neutral colors in white and gray oaks, as well as several shades of walnut. Many of the laminates feature Treefrog's groove texture, which creates a deeper and more authentic wood appearance. Treefrog Open offers several •ne grain wood looks as well as wider, planked veneers. Treefrog

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