Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Planning a Restaurant Interior

I've realized I almost never talk about my interior design school work on my blog, so today I decided to change that!  In my Drafting II class this quarter, we are designing a restaurant.  The aesthetic, design scheme, floorplan, target market, menu, and architectural details are all part of the project, which is exciting.  Everything must fuse together seamlessly, down to the tiniest detail, as is true in most design projects.  Our required course reading is Restaurants That Work, which elaborates on the business behind opening a restaurant that will endure.  Here is my hand-drafted floor plan:
 
 
And here are a few seating elevations:
 

 
I really appreciate the fact that our professor is stressing the business aspect of opening a successful restuarant.  The ambiance, architecture, flow, and finishings all have a significant impact on a person's opinion of a restaurant, whether they realize it or not.  Building up goodwill with customers both through an attractive atmosphere and delicious food is imperative- and the failure to do so is the reason most new restuarants fail. 
 
My restaurant concept is upscale American cuisine.  The decor is a comfortable mix of modern with plenty of gold detailing and lucite.  In the waiting area, there will be 2 1950 Oasis Sofas designed by Edward Wormley with Vendome Triple Circa Lighting sconces above.   There will also be a few Kelly Wearstler Elliot chairs.  The bar area will have a Manhattan Calucutta Marble surface with lucite barstools and the classic Hicks pendant lighting scanning the entire 20' bar.  The general seating will continue the modern-esque feel with Kelly Wearstler Smoked Crackle Tables and Pamplona Chairs:
 
 
So whatdaya think? This is only the very early planning phase- banquette seating and other details still need to be considered and planned.  I am happy with the feel of it so far~ I think the vibe works well because the restaurant is planned to be inside a boutique hotel. 
I can't wait to see it all come together!  As I continue to update it I'll be sure and share the progress.
 
Happy Wednesday lovelies!!!

19 comments:

  1. OMG Sam, I lOVE it. How exciting. I love the items youve chosen- I bet your work will outshine the others ! Great job. Wishing you the best in school.
    xo Nancy
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  2. It all looks amazing! I would love to dine here :)

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  3. It's looking great! I had to do a project similar to this in design school too and it was seriously one of my favorites.

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  4. What a fun assignment! LOVE everything you chose. Hubby and I own a fast casual restaurant, but one day dream of opening, and designing our very own fine dining! So much fun!

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  5. If you are competing w/your fellow classmates you are DEFINITELY winning! Love all you chose!

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    1. You are sweet- we aren't competing and I'm thankful for that, because they are all VERY talented!!

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  6. I would definitely make this my normal happy hour spot. Love your choices!

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  7. Doing great, Sam! Love what you've picked out...

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  8. Ooh great deco vibe and a bar lit with hicks pendants would probably make me gasp when I walked in the front door. Good luck on this project! With these selections, it looks like you are on the road to success.

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  9. NICE JOB!!!! YESS..love the deco look! Those barstools are so cool and obvi I love the lights!!
    xo

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  10. Um what a cool project...also you have some serious drawing skills!

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  11. Love it!! You should definitely consider framing some of your sketched plans to put in your office someday.

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  12. LOVE it Sam! Your sketches are awesome!

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  13. what a posh resto! love! It's American glam...

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  14. That is going to be an awesome restaurant! I love reading about the different processes that take place in interior design school because i am looking to attend one next year here in Australia :)

    xo Stephanie

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  15. Oooo I love all of that furniture! That sofa is especially to die for!

    xx

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  16. oooh what an interesting post - so glad you decided to share what you are learning/doing. great job!!!! and i hope to see updates :)

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