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Our Custom Mobile Chandelier at Restoration Hardware

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Our Custom Mobile Chandelier at Restoration Hardware

The custom mobile chandelier we designed for Lee's Sandwiches Dublin is now available for sale at Restoration Hardware.  The 3-arm light fixture is part of the Kinetic collection inspired by the moveable arms and rotating joints.  See the sketch that started it all (left).

The collection also includes a dramatic two-tier chandelier and our favorite variation, the surface mount fixture (above).  All versions are available in a polished nickel which is quite stunning.

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Fabricated by Form & Reform who has designed other light fixtures for Restoration Hardware.  More on the design process here.

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Restaurant Design Trend: THE BRANDING WALL

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Restaurant Design Trend: THE BRANDING WALL

Creating a visual identity on the interior enhances brand recognition and the overall customer experience.  First, a definition...

Branding Wall  a mural or accent wall featuring graphic representation of the brand.  

Likely the result of a resurgence in the classic arts of typography and calligraphy in graphic design.  The branding wall design trend is both beautiful and functional.   Some our favorites below:

Photo: Loop Creative

SHED 5 RESTAURANT  Melbourne, AU
by Loop Creative

Great article on the design here: Kaper Design

Photo: Panco Sassano

BURBAR RESTAURANT  MAR DEL PLATA, AR
BY PANCO SASSANO

More of the design here: Panco Sassano

Photo: Rice Creative

MONJO COFFEE  HO CHI MINH CITY, VN
BY RICE CREATIVE

More of the design here.

Photo: Estudio Atillo

GRAN MERCADO COCINA  ROSARIO, AR
BY ESTUDIO ATILLO

More of the design here.

Photo: Charles Smith Design

BYRON HAMBURGERS   LONDON, UK
BY CHARLES SMITH DESIGN

More images of this and other locations here.

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Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse Now Open

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Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse Now Open

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Galeto Brazilian Grill is now open in Oakland, CA.  Roasted free range is the restaurant's signature dish and served as the inspiration for the restaurant.   Playfully, the interior references the chicken coop with a subtly Brazilian color palette and millwork in plain sawn white oak metal mesh and structural steel.  If you are in the Bay area, then you simply must go.  It isn't just a great meal but a culinary experience!  Click here for more details.

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Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse Before and After

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Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse Before and After

Cofounder of Espetus Churrascaria in San Francisco, Eli Nascimento had a great space and clear vision for Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse. Nascimento took over the former LCX Noodle Bar and Le Cheval space in downtown Oakland and serves a blend of Italian and Brazilian fare with galeto (young chicken in Portuguese) as their signature dish.

Designer, Kibwe Daisy, chose a chicken coop for inspiration using plain sawn white oak and steel accents in the millwork and interior architecture.  Pops of color adds Brazilian flair.  Take a look at the transformation by area below.  

HOST STATION  

The host area was concealed by a wall with a small opening.  At Galeto, the wall opening is expanded and begins the story of the metal and wood partnership throughout the restaurant.  Favorite feature: the Galeto logo sandblasted in 3/4" stainless steel.

THE BAR  

The epitome of the chicken coop concept.  The client requested a focal bar and salad bar.  The design features a blend of Oak with structural steel channel details that glows.  Only partially realized here, the completed bar design will preserve the open feeling allowing transparency with the use of metal mesh from GKD fabrics.

CHEF'S TABLE  

A ceiling hung wood pergola floats and defines the VIP seating area.  The pendants differentiate this space from other dining areas.

RESTROOMS

Not typically a highlight, but the restrooms at Galeto will be elegant featuring penny tile accent walls  in different colors for women and men and porcelain tile simulating vein cut travertine. (Men's room shown)

 To see renderings and more info on the design, click here to see the project portfolio page.

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ROMAN AND WILLIAMS DRAWINGS

by STEPHEN ALESCH of ROMAN AND WILLIAMS

Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors is one of my favorite design firms.  A compelling story of Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, a married couple, who turned their talent for bringing elaborate movie settings to life into a design firm creating compelling real environments including hotels, offices, and private residences.  I spotted R&W in a publication on their design of the hipster-chic Ace Hotel and have been hooked ever since.  The drawings of their projects captivate and inspire me.  Stephen Alesch, an architect by trade, does all of the firm's presentation drawings. The first in this sequence is from their roots, the Practical Magic home that Robin imagined and designed from scratch and ends with renderings of the Viceroy Hotel, one of their latest projects.  Check out the R&W website for more.

 

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