Monday, July 30, 2012

The Old Library

Name: The Old Library
Location: Cronulla, Australia
Design: Hecker Guthrie

Scandinavian simplicity meets the sharp angles of a traditional church structure in The Old Library. With the simple material palate of light wood, white walls, black and white chairs and glass greenhouse-like structure, the Scandinavian aesthetic is easily apparent. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pan Pan Atelier

Name: Pan Pan Atelier
Location: Valencia, Spain

Pan Pan Atelier was designed based around a 'modern interpretation of the traditional ear of wheat'. Everything from the colors to the herringbone texture & pattern all directly tie back to that original idea. I enjoy that Pan Pan took this concept and idea and translated it not only into their branding and identity but into their cafe space as well. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Catalina Fernández

Name: Catalina Fernández
Location: San Pedro, Mexico

There is something so compelling about a simple, well though out concept. Branding and design truly go hand-in-hand and Catalina Fernandez Pastry boutique is a great example of this.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Scarpetta Dining Pavilion

Name: Scarpetta Dining Pavilion
Location: Toronto, Canada
Design: gh3, II by IV Design

New York based restaurant, Scarpetta, recently completed it's first international expansion into the city of Toronto. Wishing to create a new dining concept where guests can 'see and be seen', the dining pavilion surely accomplishes it's directives.


New York based restaurant, Scarpetta, recently completed it's first international expansion into the city of Toronto. Wishing to create a new dining concept where guests can 'see and be seen', the dining pavilion surely accomplishes it's directives.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Local Favorite; Butcher & the Burger

Name: Butcher & the Burger
Location: Chicago, IL

One of the great things about the Chicago food scene is that you truly can create anything, and have it be successful as long as you stick to a concept. Butcher & the Burger did just that and created a great local burger spot in the process. Focused on made-to-order, custom burgers (think grass-fed, salmon, bison, etc.) and thick cut Kennebec fries, the local burger joint is also a butcher shop and classroom of sorts giving hands-on butcher & cooking experience to anyone interested.


The interior is a great mix of industrial and traditional Chicago. Exposed brick walls, industrial stools & fittings, antiques from old butcher shops, and hand-cut Carrara marble subway tiles help create a blend of high & low. 

Butcher and the Burger

With a traditional Chicago row-house space, seating was maximized with stools that swing out from under the metal & pipe bar. 

Image 1-2 © Timeout Chicago
Image 3 © LTH Forum
Image 4-5 © Google+

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Trencherman

Name: The Trencherman
Location: Chicago, IL
Design: Kevin Heisner

One of the newest restaurants to pop up here in Chicago is The Trencherman. With vintage details, rich woods, and some surprising pops of color, the space is one I'm excited to try out. I love the utilization of the pipes above the booths for lighting and the bar extending beyond, creating a table of sorts built-it. The pop is blue found in the seating area on the upper level, is separated enough for it to define the space while also providing a bit of a transition from the entry to the main dining space.

Monday, July 16, 2012


Name: Gjelina
Location: Venice, CA
Design: Modern Arc

Here is another great, industrial restaurant space. Located in Venice California, Gjelina mastered the rustic, glamourous,slightly modern, and industrial feeling. The interior is paired with some great branding and logo work which carries through the vintage, industrial, and modern feel.

I absolutely love their use of wood on the ceiling and brick floors and enjoy the mismatched door styles covering up the wine wall. The variation throughout the space allows it to feel casual and unpretentious while the low lighting at night creates a romantic and intimate feeling. 

Photos 1-4 © Modern Arc
Image 5 © Susiefoodie Flickr

Friday, July 13, 2012

Graphic Bar

Name: Graphic Bar
Location: London

Located in the heart of London, the Graphic Bar created a merge of interior & graphic design. Using typeface and bold colors, the space feels urban, bright, and hip. One of my favorite components is the large letters blocked out on the garage door facades. Keeping the rest of the space neutral in color and using raw materials like wood, concrete and brick allow the graphics inside to tell the story. 

 See more after the jump.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Name: Yardbird
Location: Miami Beach, FL
Design: 50 eggs group

A quintessentially "southern" restaurant, the interior speaks of their southern roots but firmly places them ahead of the curve in terms of design. 

Yardbird created a fine balance between old and new. Using worn materials and antiques paired with tufted banquettes, light wood, and bistro-style chairs they kept the space open and bright while playing to their southern roots of warmth and hospitality.

I love the details in this space and find the basket pendants, burlap runners, and reclaimed wood wall perfectly situated for the environment and concept.

Urban Daddy:

All images © Yardbird 

Monday, July 9, 2012


Name: Threefold
Location: Australia
Design: Travis Walton

Located in a small storefront in the central business district of Melbourne, Threefold manages to pack a big punch. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Salt & Straw

Name: Salt & Straw
Location: Portland, OR

With summer in full swing, what better way to celebrate than with a scoop of ice cream from your favorite shop. Portland's Salt & Straw is a local scoop shop focused on creating unique and delicious flavors. Set inside a renovated storefront, the shop features loads of handcrafted details and warmth.

Portland commercial remodel: Salt & Straw

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

In honor of the 4th, 
I wanted to share a few of our favorite spots here in the US.

Bedford, NY

Charleston, SC
New York, NY

The Walrus & The Carpenter
Seattle, WA

Lillies Q
Chicago, IL

Blue Duck Tavern
Washington, DC

Monday, July 2, 2012

West Bridge

Name: West Bridge
Location: Cambridge, MA
Design: Creme Design

The newest spot to open up in the Boston area, West Bridge, fuses modern simplicity with industrial charm. 
More images and information after the jump!
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