In essence, the Yellow Door Bistro is a playful portrayal of purposeful randomness through a miscellaneous blend of simple details. Gradients of time are also expressed through a key combination of modern and period elements. The furniture intermixes romantic styles of European restoration pieces with the more punctuating and contemporary influences. The restaurant welcomes with a monolithic, historical yellow door oddly situated in commercial glass walls of the entry. Physical separations which allow a visual connection structure the remaining space. A curved spindle partition denotes the central private dining area and arced banquettes follow the perimeter. A shared Harvest table leads into the interactive wine room featuring by-the-glass wine dispensing technology. Oversized domed armchairs and living room style seating create pockets of intimacy for individual dining groups.
Repetition within the design detailing echoes a fluent and dynamic quality. Two feature walls display reclaimed wooden shutters from Belgium dating circa the late 1800s in an interplay of texture and geometry. Hemispherical pendants with frieze interiors and sculptural porcelain light fixtures in white & gold create rhythmical and boutique accents. Classic forms and a backdrop of neutrals are offset by brightly coloured contrasts.As a hotel-based renovation, deconstruction of the original space was critical for integrating the new design with existing elements while articulating functionality. Custom lit columns were developed to enclose structural components and plumbing stacks. With a substantial proportion of the budget allocated to necessary mechanical & electrical system upgrades, cost effective finishing options were required.
An environmentally conscious approach has been addressed primarily through architectural salvage such as the reclaimed historical shutters, antique cast-iron lion head door knockers and material reuse of the existing bar & countertop and decorative wall panels re-tasked to the entry area. This repurposing saves on many levels in relation to manufacturing and processing of products. As well, where possible, LED lamping for the light fixtures has been incorporated.The design directive transforms the former restaurant into a completely new and original entity while addressing the client's need for a chic, yet accessible setting for wine tasting and dining. The 'Yellow Door' concept alludes to a fundamentally unexpected and almost whimsical experience which becomes instantly evident upon entering the restaurant space.