A few weeks ago I shared pictures of Awadh, the latest restaurant I designed. You can read more about it here, and check out all the pretty pics of the finished project. Today, I'm going to show you some before-and-after shots of the space, and give you a behind-the-scenes scoop on the design process.
Before 2588 Broadway became Awadh, it was home to a French restaurant called Alouette. While Alouette was a charming and cozy spot, the decor was drab and dated, and badly in need of a refresh. The combination of bright yellow walls and burgundy curtains felt old-fashioned and heavy-handed, and the bar was busy and cluttered.
When it comes to designing a restaurant, the process is never a straight line. The design plan can undergo many changes and revisions as the project progresses. As you can see below in some early renderings, the initial design involved sheer curtains, bright red wall panelling, and Moroccan tile work on the bar. But the clients wanted something a little more upscale, so the design eventually evolved to look like the 3rd rendering below.
Here are some pictures of the restaurant during the construction process:
We played with a few ideas to decorate the right hand wall on the 2nd floor. We considered colorful fabric draperies, or gold paneling with the same pattern from the staircase screen. But ultimately the clients decided to go with a neutral stone wall for a chic and sophisticated look.