Sunday dinners are typically help at my parents’ house as an excuse to get the family together. And I welcome the one day a week (aside from pizza night) where I don’t have to cook. But if I didn’t have my mom’s cooking to look forward to, dinner out would be a sweet alternative. And maybe in Seattle at Samara – a wood-fueled bistro designed by Mutuus Studio. Inside, rich earth tones dominate, bringing to mind a tranquil wooded understory. Dark-stained oak paneling and wainscoting wrap a portion of the space and the bar front, while the balance of the space features a section of the building’s original firewall that was revealed during construction. The firewall is composed of framing timber turned on its side, and now provides a subtle homage to the cooking method of choice. Seating for 30 is handled through a mix of seating groups featuring anti-tip tables topped with wood recycled from old piers, and a leather banquette. A chef’s counter, finished in soapstone, seats an additional six guests. Copper cladding wraps the area above the grill features a rich patina, and hand-made Danish brick, embedded with fused glass, surrounds the grill to create a delicate dance of firelight.
Photos: Kevin Scott
I stumbled upon the portfolio of Paris designer Laura Gonzalez and was mesmerized by all of the drop dead gorgeous restaurants she has designed. There were so many I ended up going through them all and picking a selection of my favourites. This is a restaurant design extravaganza!
La Californie (photos: Didier Delmas)
Sunday dinner at a sexy Italian restaurant? Count me in! Bar M in Sydney, Australia is designed by Jason Mowen and is an an incredible industrial space with tons of exposed bricks (SWOON!). Super sexy with red leather banquettes, a gold and brass bar, and projections of stars like Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Dean Martin, Danny DeVito and others grace the walls. And bring on the pasta!
The Imperial Hotel in Erskineville, Sydney has got to be one of the most incredible commercial spaces we have ever featured. This is an iconic venue in the city’s gay nightlife and one of Australia’s most revered LGBTQI safe havens, and was relaunched last year after closing down in 2015. The transformation by design firm Alexander & Co is spectacular. The space is 3 levels, with a nightclub at the lower level, a pizzeria and bar on the top floor and the ground floor consists of an open kitchen, 250-seat restaurant, private dining room, cocktail bar as well as the main bar which includes a glazed enclosure to an inner courtyard. (Photos: Anson Smart)
It’s not always about work on a Saturday. Sometimes it’s all about hanging with friends and I couldn’t think of a better place than C.C. Babcoq (Rotisserie, Carvery & Cocktails) by Tom Mark Henry.