Restaurant Development & Design

July-August 2015

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6 2 • 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 • J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 5 Readers' Choices + Musical Chairs: Restaurants today need to be able to multi-task and offer different environments for different occasions. We accommodate this by designing in multiple seating types that can also be joined together. At a recent restaurant project, we used three seating opportunities (from left): Designform's Benson and Jane chairs to create different seating experiences in the main dining room, and Gaber's basket chairs with arms to create a more enclosed, luxurious dining experience in the pri- vate dining room. + Patterned Tile: Our excite- ment over patterned tile is alive and well. At Modern Coffee no.2 in Oakland, the concrete tile foor by Granada (left) provided us the perfect graphic pop to welcome guests to the small café. We also used Hannover Blanco woven porcelain tile from Porcelanosa for a full height installation at a Silicon Valley restaurant to provide depth and dynamic visual interest. + Leather: Because of new technologies for maintenance, we can now use leathers in really interesting applications. We recently installed a leather bar countertop in an Oakland restaurant. It has a lovely sense of warmth and recognition, which invites you to let your fngertips linger on this textured surface. A leather from the Moore & Giles Mariposa collection gives us a decorative pattern that is embossed in an oiled suede (above). The Vintage Amber color is rich and sophisticated, creating a unique and visual focus at the bar.

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