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Los Angeles is a place with a lot of competition in different industries – movie, music as well as culinary. Here we present to you top 10 restaurant interior designers in Los Angeles – we are sure you will be inspired by the projects they pulled of under the pressure of immensely competitive market!
In just over ten years, Preen, Inc. has worked on over 100 projects in the Los Angeles area and abroad. The firm works with hoteliers and chefs to produce progressive and provocative designs. One of their most impressive restaurant interior design projects is Tesse – a refined, relaxed and earthy LA outpost featuring a take on French classics and the California bounty of the land, which was voted the most beautiful in LA in 2018, as well as two time finalist in hospitality design awards 2019.
A dedicated team of Los Angeles’ young design talent, the company has become synonymous with the city’s hottest eateries and culinary celebrities. The studio orients designs around a client’s brand and finds success when they have realized a client’s vision with an expressive space. Variety, Eater, and Hospitality Design magazine have all published glowing reviews of Studio UNLTD.’s clients, some of L.A.’s most popular restaurants.
A great example of this studio’s interior design expertise is Middle Eastern restaurant Bavel. Middle Eastern restaurants are often imagined as having design aesthetics that tend to be very dark, heavily patterned and somewhat cliché. The design for Bavel set out to challenge those conventions. The restaurant design embraces the influence of the regions from which the cuisine is derived, interpreting those ideas through the lens of its Arts District (Los Angeles) location.
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This interior design studio is selective when it comes to new projects and clients. Their personalized approach to commercial, residential, and retail designs thrives on a mutual understanding of the brand’s intent and generally displays their modern aesthetic.
Boa West Hollywood, one of their splendid projects, has a sophisticated and fun atmosphere worthy of its celebrity patronage. Graphic columns radiate from within with warm light, which bounces off of a luxurious gold-panel back wall. Round banquettes offer intimacy in what is actually an open setting.
Sean Knibb opened his design/build firm at just 23, and has led his team to become sought-after designers for commercial and residential projects. California Home & Design, Boutique Design, and several other digital and print outlets have sung the praises of Knibb’s work. Knibb Design focuses on enhancing the environment and working with existing elements to weave comfort and drama into a client’s vision.
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Roy Choi’s Culver City A-Frame serves up Hawaiian-inspired soul food in a space that feels like an upscale seaside shack. Resembling an oversized greenhouse, the vegetable-focused restaurant sits atop the hotel roof next to an inviting pool, creating elevated beach aesthetic.
Trends come and go, especially in L.A., so instead of going with whatever style is of the moment, Kelly Architects designs restaurants that play to the qualities that have made their clients successful restaurateurs. The strategy has paid off, with multiple AIA People’s Choice and Restaurant Design awards.
AIA People’s Choice award-winner Osteria Mozza is one of L.A.’s most talked about—and most expensive—restaurants. Chef Nancy Silverman worked with Kelly Architects to design a Melrose location worthy of the neighborhood and the award-winning Italian cuisine.
Belzberg Architects’ body of work has drawn coverage from over 200 national and international publications, including Interior Design, Architectural Record, and the New York Times, and garnered more than 50 national and local awards. The American Institute of Architects has recognized the firm’s work with more than 20 honors.
Belzberg Architects transformed a former Brentwood Village medical office into romantic lounge Bar Toscana. The 2,000 square-foot tenant improvement was a finalist for an AIA LA Restaurant Design Award.
Montalba Architects has produced humanistic designs for architecture projects in the U.S. and abroad. Their design philosophy is in line with the restaurant market, with a focus on social environments with conceptual intent. Several magazines have covered the firm’s work, including Wallpaper, Montage, Modern Luxury, Surface, and Architectural Digest.
Chef Bryant Ng’s restaurant Cassia is a 4,800 square-foot indoor/outdoor space in a 1937 Art Deco building in Santa Monica. Its historical character influenced Montalba Architects’ design for the restaurant, which has a main dining room, three bars, and a private dining room. Cassia won an AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Award in 2013.
SFJones Architects has designed several of L.A.’s most beloved restaurants. Among the firm’s high-profile Los Angeles projects are the Century Plaza Hotel and Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood. The firm has been recognized by AIA Los Angeles, and their work has appeared in LA Daily News, Los Angeles Times, and Interior Design.
SFJones sought impact and drama in the original design of Spago Beverly Hills. One of its standout features was a sloped roof with exposed hardwood beams in purple. The main dining room opened to a herringbone tile patio, sliding etched-glass doors separating the spaces.
A balance between conceptual design and meticulous detail. Studio MAI is a multidisciplinary design and boutique manufacturing studio based in Los Angeles, CA. The studio prides itself on creating spaces that form fit the brand to each client. From the interior concepting to the custom manufacturing the studio embraces a desire to push boundaries.
Partially inspired by a 1960s Los Angeles aesthetic, purposeful design evolution of Verve Cafe is conveyed through the use of flora, handcrafted elements and natural materials with intentional imperfections. This offers a warm, layered atmosphere ripe with textured refinements inducing a homey, comfortable feeling—one that causes patrons to forget they’re in a commercial space, and get swept up in the overwhelming perception that they’ve just been invited to an intimate gathering of close friends and loved ones.
Make is a collaborative design firm that produces architecture as well as furniture and graphics for clients. Each design practice informs the others in this multidisciplinary studio.
Make Architecture designed two spaces for Beer Belly, a craft beer chain owned by couple Jimmy and Yume Han. The 1,500 square-foot space in Koreatown doesn’t give away its past as a dated Chinese restaurant. Dark, medium, and light stained mahogany boards interlock across the ceiling, walls, and integrated banquette seating. The exterior draws a crowd with street art-style graphics by local artist MR44. The matte black bar and bar back, formed with crystalline facets, adds an organic yet urban touch.
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