For those who want to see and be seen, the place to get a table is at Table Restaurant and Bar in Charlotte, N.C. Designers transformed this “new American cuisine” restaurant, located in a suburban lifestyle center, into a space where Old Hollywood glamour and contemporized Art Deco come together in comfortable sophistication.
The restaurant, which won an honorable mention in the Sit-Down Restaurant category of the ISP/VM+SD International Store Design Competition, is divided into two spaces with floor-to-ceiling draperies framing the private dining area, while 18-foot tall towers inset with sparkling fiberoptics separate the lounge and dining areas.
A warm palette of pink, light blue, cantaloupe and brown references a time when tailcoats and flapper dresses were in fashion. Lighting sets the stage for a dramatic environment with sparkling spotlights inset into the 20-foot high ceilings.
A band of pink cove lighting runs the length of the perimeter, further emphasizing the glamour within. Chandeliers hanging above tables and a large walnut-framed wall graphic of the owner’s grandparents offer touches of the past.
Client: Alex Myrick, AM Restaurant Group, Charlotte, N.C.
Design and Architecture: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Charlotte, N.C. – Steve Starr, studio principal; Todd Rowland, design director; Paige Brice, senior designer; Chris Finn, project manager; Darby Tucker, designer
General Contractor: The McAllister Group, Charlotte, N.C.
Outside Design Consultants: Lighting Management Inc., Harriman, N.Y. (lighting); Saber Engineering, Auburn, Calif. (PM&E Engineering); WGPM Inc., Charlotte, N.C. (structural)
Carpet: Durkan, Raleigh, N.C.
Fabrics: Knoll Textiles, Charlotte, N.C.
Furniture: Holder Restaurant Furniture, Lenoir, N.C.
Light Cove: Casting Designs Inc., Fort Worth, Texas
Lighting: Times Square Lighting, Stony Point, N.Y.
Con-Tech Lighting, Northbrook, Ill.
Jesco Lighting Group, Glendale, N.Y.
Stone: Pinnacle Marble & Granite, Baltimore
Tile: Dal-Tile, Dallas
Walker Zanger, Charlotte, N.C.
Photography: Paul Warchol Photography Inc., New York