Restaurants & Stores
Beauty & Essex is the newer sister to the Stanton Social and helmed by Executive Chef and Partner, Chris Santos. The name may ring familiar, as this culinary superstar is also a judge on the Food Network’s Chopped.
The entrance of this chic Lower East Side hot spot is a pawnshop, adding just the right dose of grit to the glamour which awaits inside. AvroKo can be credited for the dramatic design of this renovated, turn-of-the-century townhome. With two stories boasting a seductive restaurant and lounge, the transformation begins the moment one steps inside. In fact, the feel is that of being transported to another time and place. Interiors are luscious and luxe with crystal chandeliers, beveled mirrors, tufted upholstered banquettes, curved booths, peacock feathers and gilded accents everywhere.
Posted by Suzanne at 13 December, 2013
Truly any foodie’s dream, Mercato e Cucina is a modern retail concept meshing a butcher, deli, grocer, bakery, wine cellar and restaurant all into one fabulous space. Situated on the ground floor of a building on bustling Victoria Road in Gladesville, Sydney, Australia, this one-stop gourmet destination was envisioned by Mima Design.
Surfaces are elegant yet functional in glazed tiles, raw concrete floors, timber, stone, brickwork, glass and cooper. Inky black ceilings contrast stark white ones as the space transitions from themed area. Vintage pendant lighting is replicated throughout this modern retail space.
Posted by Suzanne at 11 December, 2013
People tend to streamline their homes to create more fresh, modern spaces. Barbara Lynch, founder, CEO and culinary mastermind behind Fort Point’s Sportello is taking that notion to food and wine. With its reopening on Friday, November 29, Sportello will now boast a menu of back-to-basics small plates, homemade pastas and polenta, signature entrees, composed salads and soups.
The restaurant itself is a sleek rendition of “counter service” which is what Sportello translates to in Italian. Plentiful bar space is for dining and a new wine bar service. A priority of the redesigned restaurant concept is to focus on approachable wines which many can enjoy.
Posted by Suzanne at 6 December, 2013
A masterful work of wood, metal and concrete, Osteria La Spiga restaurant in Seattle, Washington defines modern hospitality design with its understated, virtually raw utilization of materials. Envisioned by Graham Baba Architects, this 6,000 square foot space in Capitol Hill features reclaimed and recycled elements sourced from local craftsmen and is situated in the newly renovated Piston & Ring building.
What is so unique about this family-owned restaurant is that it doesn’t come across as obvious Italian. These modern interiors were transformed from a former auto body shop, and are now sheathed in warm wood, plentiful glazing, unfinished concrete and striking dark metalwork fabricated locally. Detailed iron decor such as the wheat-design hooks alongside the booths and scrolled pedestal bases weave intricate details into the vast space.
Posted by Suzanne at 27 November, 2013
A commanding three-story building in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi shopping district, the Lucien Peller-Finet boutique is a modern retail design dream created by Tokyo-based architectural firm Kengo Kuma & Associates.
It’s always so innovative when one prime material is used to transform an interior and that is precisely what occurred here. Said to replicate the organic formation of a plant, structural plywood was utilized to create a honeycomb effect throughout the store which sells luxe cashmere and accessories. The slim-cut timber was kept natural, almost raw, which superbly showcases the iconic jewel-toned merchandise.
Posted by Suzanne at 22 November, 2013
It’s quite refreshing to see that independent book stores still exist, especially ones with cool modern retail design. Take the McNally Jackson Café nestled in the hip and happening neighborhood of Nolita in Lower Manhattan, with its fun and clever book-clad interiors. Redesigned by Front Studio Architects, this quaint, 600 square-foot café connects to the larger, two-story bookstore and serves up hot beverages, sandwiches, soups and salads with a unique, modern aesthetic compared to a coffeehouse chain.
A crescent-shaped seating area is fitted with simple benches and customized fold-up wooden desk platforms which attach to the wall with rustic leather straps. This innovative design enables the café space to transform into a social area with plentiful seating for author signings and literary events.
Posted by Suzanne at 22 November, 2013
Talk about utilizing earthy elements and a dash of surprise, +Green organic restaurant near Komazawa Olympic Park was created by the innovative, Tokyo-based firm Sinato. Residing on the street level, this modern restaurant encompasses three levels of winding, curvaceous, light-injected design and is rooted in simple materials of brick, concrete and wood.
The 1,200 square foot space features an front outdoor terrace with fully-glazed entry which greets with a shimmery stainless steel take-out counter once inside. A modest logo in bright green designates the restaurant, which is brilliantly lighted from within by rows of fixtures secured to the vast concrete ceilings. A quaint organic grocery store within the space is fixed upon an elevated platform, while the kitchen resides in an elongated space along the partial basement level.
Posted by Suzanne at 15 November, 2013