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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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5 Ways to Increase Restaurant Seating

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5 Ways to Increase Restaurant Seating

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse  Oakland, CA

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse  Oakland, CA

1. COMMUNAL TABLE

Communal tables are a popular and efficient dining solution.  On a budget? Group tables together to form one large communal table.  To enhance the effect - place the tables in a focal area like the chef's table at Galeto Brazilian Grill above.

Girl and Goat by 555 International

Girl and Goat by 555 International

2. BANQUETTE

Create intimacy and increase capacity with banquette or booth seating.  Not only will you seat more guests, they will also spend more.  According to a Cornell study, customers in booths spent 45% more on average than those at tables. To save on cost, manufacturers like International Upholstery provide banquettes in standard or custom sizes.

Lee's Sandwiches  Dublin, CA

Lee's Sandwiches  Dublin, CA

3. DINING COUNTER

Make use of extra wall or storefront space with a dining counter.  Counters encourage socializing and are comfortable for working or eating alone.  Former San Francisco mayor, Willie Brown, shares his favorite counter dining spots in this article

Bambino Restaurant by Aidlin Darling Design

Bambino Restaurant by Aidlin Darling Design

4. RECTANGULAR TWO-TOP

Not as sexy as the others but the two-top table is the most flexible seating option. An entire restaurant can be designed using only two-tops and accommodate groups of any size.  Tip: Always have extra two-tops on hand just in case.

Battery Wharf Hotel   Boston, MA

Battery Wharf Hotel   Boston, MA

5.  OUTDOOR SEATING

Take advantage of outdoor space and increase seating capacity.  On a nice day, guests will wait for a patio spot giving you an edge over competitors.  Worried about the weather?  Heat lamps placed strategically increase the amount of time you can use the outdoor space.

Remember: The ideal furniture layout adapts to best accommodate your guests and enhances your design concept.  Questions or need help designing a layout?  Email us – we are happy to help.

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Luxe Restaurant and Hotel Remodel

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Luxe Restaurant and Hotel Remodel

A high concept makeover of France's Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud by Jouin Manku and Sanjit Manku that takes your breath away.  Historic preservation restrictions prevented altering the structure inspiring creative design solutions that celebrate the stunning Romanesque and Gothic architecture.  The elegant juxtaposition of Modern and Medieval features streamlined, multipurpose furnishings and an organic palette which incorporates natural materials: wood, linen, wool, leather, and metal.

For more info on the design,  see article from Interior Design Magazine

Photos: Dezeen, Architectural Digest, Interior Design Magazine

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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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