Rumi’s Kitchen Colony Square

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

– Rumi


Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting Design


Atlanta, Georgia



Rumi’s Kitchen Colony Square is the third restaurant collaboration between The Johnson Studio and Chef Ali Mesghali. Our team was tasked with creating an authentic vision of a modern Persian restaurant in the heart of midtown Atlanta. Working closely with the owner, we pulled subtle, authentic details into the overall design to highlight the essence of Persian hospitality and culture.

The restaurant features an elegant, yet comfortable design, suitable for both a business lunch and a more intimate dinner. The movement of whirling dervishes, Persian calligraphy, and rustic old-world architectural elements inspired the design. Traditional gold and Persian blue are incorporated throughout, and warmth is conveyed via a chimney fireplace and biophilia. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor patio for a more casual experience with views of passerby.



AIA Atlanta Residential & Hospitality Design Awards, Restaurant New Construction, Award of Merit

Atlanta Magazine Georgia Design Awards, Contract Design Restaurant/Bar, Silver

IIDA Georgia Best of the Best Award, Finalist in Restaurants