Being creative in redesigning a restaurant’s layout has been key in adjusting to new guidelines, according to Atlanta-based architect Anita Summers. “A lot of what we’re doing is trying to come up with creative ideas without spending a ton of money on a whole new decor,” said Summers, who is with The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry, which specializes in restaurant designs.
“There’s something to be said for figuring out how to do all of this while maintaining some sense of the vibe and culture of a restaurant,” she said. “If guests find the new experience of dining out to be cold and depressing, or they feel unsafe, they may not come back.”
“Tunable white lighting is becoming more affordable and easier to specify. We’re using it at a high-end restaurant with an open kitchen where we’ll be lighting the chefs in action: The chefs need clean, bright light, but the diners want a soft, dimly lit restaurant. We can adjust the color, brightness, and glare for each light source so that it works for both parties.”
“A 3,000-square-foot solarium, its vaulted glass and steel roof, tree sculpture, and sliding glass windows that open onto the plaza help make it one of the most visually stunning builds Buckhead has seen in awhile. Perhaps it should have been named The Secret Garden Room: It’s magical.”
“The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry designed the hotel’s refreshed public spaces, including the stunning Great Room. The expansive communal area was opened up, and bulky palm trees were replaced with more design-focused pieces to offer a vibrant grand entrance and lobby.”
“Cuadro 44’s design will be at the hands of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry, an innovative architectural and design firm known for creating revolutionary restaurant spaces around the globe.”
“Walking into Atlas Tavern’s forthcoming addition, a massive greenhouse space set to open this July, feels like stepping into an enchanted forest. Lush greenery is met with colorful decor and lighting that feels almost surreal.”
“Summers notes that now, diners want to witness the entire experience for themselves, and for sharing. ‘In addition to the food, it’s pictures of friends, overhead table shots, floor tiles, original art work, anything that captures the restaurant’s vibe,’ she says.”
“If there were any question that we were in an age of casual dining and lounging, in which the eye wants splashes of modern color, Fearing’s recent interior re-model is a reminder. The remodel was achieved by the same design firm, Johnson Studio, which was responsible for the original design 10 years ago.”
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