SIZE: 26,241 SQ FT
LOCATION: 1217 S OCEAN FRONT WALK, VENICE, CA.90291
CLIENT: CARL LAMBERT
Jasmine Thai Renderings is the newest restaurant and bar on Ventura BLVD. The design concept is simple, modern elegance pulling inspiration from Thai art and culture. The "space within a space" idea is brought to life with wood slat partitions and ceilings creating a dynamic restaurant experience.
Berlin Currywurst is the latest installment at the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. The design for this space is inspired by European market eateries with inviting bar seating giving customers the best view in the house. The tilework creates a canvas for the black and white graphic images of Berlin to come into the forefront. The bright neon sign is indicative of typical market designed spaces.
Grandpa Johnson's, the newest cocktail restaurant and bar in West Hollywood, is Art Deco with a nice twist. The honey colored wood floors also feature black chevron stripes that span across the floor, up the walls and continue onto the ceiling. The highlight of the entire bar is the actual bar itself. Inspired by an old photograph of a giant redwood tree truck, the bar features a curved brass bar with a marble top inlay-ed. The bar contours to the curve of the body waiting to order a drink.
"It’s a handsome little lair wrapped floor-to-ceiling in shiny blond woods, white marble and semiprecious metals." - Urban Daddy Press
An excerpt from the recent LA TIMES article on the design for Hal's Kitchen:
"Architect Bell, along with Scott Sullivan and Dan Einzig, is creating the new Hal's interior, a 215-seat bistro that blends the old with the new. Some of the new includes a square central bar that is expected to be the focal point. They're including a 40-seat private dining room tentatively named the Gallery because it will feature rotating art shows, Einzig says.
But there's also a nod to the old, with many of Hal's paintings and sculptures making the transition, along with Hal's chef, Manuel Mares, the only one Frederick has ever trusted to feed his friends.
"The key to re-creating Hal's will be the focus on community, art and how people are hosted," Einzig says. "Another key challenge is that we're dealing with a newer, younger demographic and what sort of food and drink millennials aspire to. What we're creating is a sense of the Venice art community. Millennials might be young, but they're creative and un-corporate."
Coffee Commissary in Culver City is the latest installment in the growing coffee chain. The design of this coffee shop features a large u-shaped bar in the center of the space. This focal point is industrial modern in design, setting the tone for the space. Custom built shelving units along with custom designed wooden ceiling slats define the programmatic spatial elements throughout this modern, neighborhood hang-out.
Our latest restaurant design project, WILD, features stunning textures, tile patterning, and floor to ceiling latticework. This latticework is made up of the lines of the tree branches on the ceiling and the strength of the tree on the main walls. The “trees” and their canopies achieve a highly natural element that is interwoven within its setting and create a surprising play of light and shadow throughout the space.
The design for Hutchinson Cocktails and Grill is steeped in family history. Richard Hutchinson Hopper, a man whom his family describe as a modern Indiana Jones, was the inspiration for this Indonesian influenced steakhouse. The restaurant design reflects his stunning journeys, from artfully placed personal artifacts to custom woodworking and Indonesian fixtures and furniture.
The challenge in designing Hutchinson was trying to achieve a contemporary aesthetic using culturally ethnic materials. The space itself underwent a major conversion from a Mexican themed restaurant to a classy space that embodies a museum-like quality. Much of the woodwork and fixtures was sourced directly from Jakarta and Bali, and we took great pains to not “theme” the restaurant. By approaching each space, i.e. the bar, the upper dining, etc., as a separate experience, one that reflected the life of Mr. Hopper, we were able to create an abstract of context.
The hand painted desert survey mural in the bar area is indicative of Mr. Hopper’s collegiate years, when he mapped the Mojave Desert. 300 gorgeous antique brass Batik stamps, called Tjaps, are individually framed around the upper dining areaand fish trap lamps filter warm light through their intricate designs. These are representative of his expeditions through Jakarta and 36 islands in Indonesia. The Post-Colonial private dining room envisions the reflections of those travels within cozy brick walls, rich wood details, a fireplace and custom shelving to display his collected artifacts. Deep-set leather booths (there are no chairs), heavy wood, and dim lighting round out the vibe—anywhere you sit at Hutchinson's oozes sex appeal. It has a quintessential date night vibe, but the bar area, which is slightly more casual and in a separate, sunken-in section, also makes it a great spot for a business meeting.
A 6000SF building, 3500SF kitchen and 2500SF front of house make this one of the larger high-end restaurants in the heart of West Hollywood. The kitchen design is top of the line enabling a former Michael Mina chef to create an incredible array of food, from basic Indonesian street fare like Nasi Goreng or Beef Rendang, to world class tomahawk cut Steaks with a custom Béarnaise sauce.
The front of house is a mix of hand painted murals and native crafted Indonesian artifacts and custom woodworking. All of it framed in a contemporary manner to display the intricacies and details that are represented in that culture. Most beautiful are the antique bronze Tjaps, which are normally used in hand-stamping the detailed and colorful Batiks that make up the beautiful textiles from that area of the world. Other specialty design elements include Hand Printed Mirrors and Back Printed Resin Panels depicting 1930’s Indonesian jungle expeditions.
Coffee Commissary is located inside Siren Studios on Sunset BLVD. in the heart of Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. The design for commissary is that of an inviting and yet contemporary space. Graffiti artists blanked the walls with hand-painted murals dedicated to the joining of coffee and film. The open floor plan provides space for film business meetings while the custom built bar seating allows for casual hangouts.
R Lounge is a sexy and intimate upscale lounge located in Studio City. Defined by a play between shadow and light we have converted a former auto garage into an exceptional nightlife destination in the San Fernando Valley. Using custom designs, like the “black on black” wallpaper with shadows dancing to high-end accessories like the Tom Dixon Lighting and the Algue Wall, R lounge is designed for high-end tastes and unique personalities.
Located in Mission Viejo, this restaurant design features an abundance of rustic and industrial textures, applied with rigor and purpose into a contemporary architectural language.
Additional Credits: Solomon Mansoor
Size: 2,100 SF
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Status: Built – 2011
Set in the heart of the fashion district, Salvage Bar marries the old with the new in an exciting new bar in downtown Los Angeles, CA. Almost all of the surfaces and fixtures were custom created using remnants from the existing 1920's building and it's recent renovation. Molds of the intricate bronze elevator doors (which have become the bartop) were used to make the cocktail tables. Brick was revealed through many layers of plaster to achieve a "burnt-out" chateau feel on the largest smoking patio in downtown Los Angeles. All of the light fixtures were custom designed and fabricated in house.
Koala Tapioca is a modern cafe design with reclaimed eucalyptus wood paneling wrapping the walls up to the suspended caesar stone countertop. Angled sots invite patrons through the space into the main dining room where industrial modern lighting and custom designed artwork provide a warm and creatively inspiring dining experience.