A host of delicious dining environments whets the appetite.
1. Firm: Sella Concept
Standout: Named after the spirited South American fish, and serving up ceviches, tacos, and empanadas, the setting is as equally vibrant courtesy of caliente wooden paneling and jade terrazzo flooring.
2. Firm: George Wong Design
Site: New York
Standout: A traditional Chinese courtyard is conjured—and updated—with bamboo-mimicking acrylic rods, a hunk of Chinese limestone for the host stand, and a hexagonal “window,” a common architectural feature.
Project: Sake Dojo
Site: Los Angeles
Standout: Sedate maple-veneered plywood is enlivened by floor-to-ceiling panels printed with fish, wave, and blossom imagery by Japanese tattoo artist Horifuji.
4. Firm: Lucas y Hernández-Gil
Site: Seville, Spain
Standout: Rounded forms and a pastel upholstery palette juxtapose with such industrial, brutalist nods as unpolished concrete flooring and exposed pipes.
5. Firm: Miguel Vieira Baptista
Standout: Suspended wool panels deliver warmth and sound-dampening in the energy company’s cafeteria, where a fluorescent artwork replicates the chemical composition of caffeine.
6. Firm: Sybarite
Project: Beijing Kitchen
Site: Xi’an, China
Standout: Verdant onyx panels, brass detailing, and a run of uniform acoustic discs work in tandem to reference the symmetry, hierarchy, and greenery of the Forbidden City.