Restaurant Design: The Details

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What brings the design of a restaurant to a cohesive whole is the sum of its details:
– the materials palette: architectural finishes, cabinetry, flooring, fabrics, architectural detailing
– the marketing materials: branding, signage, menus, business cards
– the decorative elements: artwork, accessories
– the table settings: table cloths, napkins & rings, tableware.

Here are some examples:



Materials palette in a new restaurant concept


Though this design is still being refined, space flow, seating and lighting have been finalized. Details to come are the final finishes, the branding (website & marketing, signage, printed materials), artwork & accessories and the table settings. In addition to this, the highly visible kitchen could feature a decorative wall with mosaics, tilework or a logo. Visible cooking utensils will need to be chosen and stored attractively.

Stay tuned for further design work…Materials palette in a historic restaurant concept


In the historic interiors of Roia Restaurant, original detailing was uncovered, repaired and refinished. Against this backdrop, millwork and cabinetry were built and finished with similar stained oak as that of the rediscovered wall panels. Artisan glass of various types were arranged artistically in leaded frames. The color red was brought in as a highlight in upholstery. Soft lighting enhances the historic feel.

Branding, website design and printed materials enhance the design of the restaurant. See a special feature of the design process here.



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Materials palette in a contemporary restaurant concept


This historic shell boats a contemporary interior for a menu of contemporary food using locally farmed ingredients. The design details reflect this concept with soft neutral tones and metallic accents through the choice of materials, lighting, table tops and place settings.

Branding and marketing further enhance the restaurant concept.



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Materials palette in a historic restaurant concept


In what the New York Times described as a farmhouse-kitchen-meets-urban-chic aesthetic, Kitchen Zinc Restaurant features the original rustic exposed brick and concrete floors. Softer materials such as cork table tops and bar top, a jute rug and an upholstery tone down the harder materials aesthetically and acoustically.

The branding and marketing team were part of the restaurant design as together we chose the photography to be featured in the alcoves and the overall color scheme. See a special feature of the design process here.



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See our other articles about Space Flow, Seating and Lighting in Restaurant Design.