Restaurant Development & Design

July-August 2017

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2 8 • S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T • J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 RENOVATION AND REMODELS EQUAL BIG RETURNS What is the process when specifying reclaimed materials? Leslie DiNovi: The aesthetic and function really drives the material speci- fication. We have access to a significant inventory of reclaimed wood, both in our inventory in Cleveland, and via trusted partners throughout the country. For example, if we have a project that specifies an exterior application, we have options — beams reclaimed from salt mines under Lake Erie, dimensional planks from high- way noise barriers in Chicago and 100-year-old barn siding, just to name a few. What type of work do you specialize in, and how do you capture an incoming project? LD: Our focus is primarily custom com- mercial furniture. Communal tables, conference tables, reception desks and bar surfaces are the items we produce most frequently. We work in several different industries, including restaurant and hospitality, corporate and commercial real estate, and retail. Our clients are typically looking for unique, high-quality, custom pieces that make their spaces truly remarkable. We work with designers, architects, developers and business owners. When you engage with Rustbelt, you get access to our entire team and their collective knowledge. Our team of project manag- ers and craftsmen have expertise in architecture, design, fabrication and fin- ishing. We pride ourselves in our ability to focus on the details, making sure that we exceed the client's expectations. What are the current design trends? LD: There is a definite trend toward the creation of memorable communal spac- es, using a variety of materials — wood, steel, glass and stone. We've worked with several hotels and commercial developers to create statement pieces for reception areas, lobbies, board rooms, conference rooms and/or course dining and bar areas. We've also seen a need for adaptable spaces where many of the components are mobile and require specialized design and fabrication. We continue to see more live-edge surfaces, which celebrate the material and tell the story of the tree. Briefly describe a unique project you recently completed. LD: We recently designed and crafted a live-edge communal table and benches for the University of Wyo- ming's School of Energy Resources. We chose ambrosia maple, which is not a specific species, but rather the term for a maple tree that has been infested by the ambrosia beetle. The infestation doesn't affect the stability of the wood, but does give it a decorative coloration similar to spalting. Rustbelt Reclamation 1427 East 36th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44114 855.641.1919 The Beauty of Custom Reclamation Live Edge Ambrosia Maple Communal Table and Benches at University of Wyoming's School of Engi- neering Resources. Shop drawing for University of Wyoming Leslie DiNovi, project manager/architect at Rustbelt Reclamation

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