“We wanted to take the word design out of it,” Siobhan Barry, a partner at ICRAVE, a design and branding studio, says of The General, a new restaurant in the Bowery. It’s a provocative thing for a designer to say but one that makes sense when you consider that the spot is a contemporary riff on the classic Chinese restaurants that used to dot this stretch of Manhattan.
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“It was in rough shape from years of use and misuse and had seen better days,” architect David Shove-Brown says of an 8,000-square-foot, 1907 building in Washington, DC, that he and his Studio3877 partner David Tracz had been asked transform it into the latest outpost of Matchbox. Over the years, the building had done duty as a bowling alley, a jazz club and a car dealership and still retained a great character, so, he says, “It was pretty clear we wanted to be true to the building”—with a straightforward approach to its history and materials that matched the restaurant’s approach to ingredients.
When Hayden Slater, one of the minds behind the Pressed Juicery, approached the architecture firm Standard, helmed by Jeffrey Allsbrook and Silvia Kuhle, he was thinking big and small. In addition to a space in Beverly Hills (it would ultimately become both the design idea lab and flagship for the company), Slater and his partners planned on rolling out several more locations, ranging in size from small to smaller. They wanted a firm that could create a concept flexible enough to fit a compact storefront on down to almost a niche, with elements that could be incorporated or not without diminishing the character of the brand.
British designer Tom Dixon finished the interior of the Restaurant at the Royal Academy on January 19, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England. Dixon oversaw the design as Creative Director of Design Research Studio. The restaurant is part of the Peyton and Byrne restaurant group, which also runs the renowned dining rooms at the National Gallery.
Wexler’s is a barbecue pit in San Francisco designed by San Francisco based architects Aidlin Darling. The centerpoint of the restuarant is a dynamic undulating ceiling installation evoking barbecue smoke. The sculpture is composed of laser cut MDF fins and bridges the gap between old and new by linking the modern insertion to the historic facade.