This Mexican-inspired restaurant artfully blends industrial, contemporary and rustic styles — all while keeping its Mexican roots at the forefront. Heavy wood tables bring sturdiness and authenticity to the design, and hanging succulents add a splash of life.
The overall layout and flow of the dining room breaks down traditional barriers and connects each guest to the chef, to the liveliness of shared meals and to the appreciation for history throughout the building. The dining zones were strategically designed to support the choreography of the chef’s team. The dining area was also designed to lead the guest’s journey to the big arrivals of the experience: a central glass wine room sitting grandly along the historic brick and — most importantly — the striking open kitchen, which is thrust center stage.
The Sumo Maya restaurant, designed by PHX Architecture, blends the styles of Mexico and Asia. Contemporary design leads guests into the fusion restaurant, that features bold colors and custom furniture.
Vintage hand tools are assembled into an artful display on the second floor of this Mexican restaurant near the exposed kitchen. The restaurant's design is a sophisticated nod to the burgeoning farm-to-table movement in Tijuana, Mexico.
An exposed kitchen creates a lively environment in this restaurant kitchen that's both rustic and modern. Subway tiles, ceramic tiles and chrome pendant lamps feel contemporary, while wood ceilings, exposed ductwork and wood furniture echo a homestyle design scheme. The vintage-style restaurant sign add the room's pop of color: a vibrant red.
Communal tables and bar tables with stools -- different types of seating areas -- create a space that's nuanced and interesting. The open kitchen clad in white subway tiles feels like a diner; the antique-style restaurant sign is a fun, antique element in the space. The resulting feel is both homey and modern.
The Mayberry House had an unremarkable life until 1996, when it became the home of Michael Brennan, a mural artist who specializes in restaurant design. For him, the blank walls and high ceilings were a sketchpad, a place to invent, a series of experiments, and he seemingly covered every available surface with rich, vibrant paintings.
The craftsmanship of the historic 1906 building, once a horse stable and now brought back to life, is the foundation for the restaurant's design. The entire design team was passionate about showcasing the building's true quality and marrying it to a restaurant with the same standard for excellence. The design palette is restrained to ensure the natural bones of the space are truly showcased above all. A simple, natural palette of whites, wood and accented textures creates understated interest and elevates the original character and materials.
A vintage-style fireplace with a recycled brick surround centers this restaurant while providing separation between the main dining area and bar. The fireplace works beautifully with the restaurant's urban chic design.
The bar in this Mexican-inspired restaurant wraps around to an exposed kitchen area, where guests can casually dine and watch the chefs in action. The same leather-upholstered dining chairs used throughout the restaurant line this dining bar for a cohesive design.
Warm outdoor lighting highlights the beautiful stone facade of Il Corso, a restaurant in Palm Desert, Calif. Designer Chris Pardo gave the space a contemporary look with a few industrial elements to keep the design interesting.