Name: SLA
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Design: Nicemakers

With the world taking a deeper look at it's food, how we eat, and the care of our ingredients, it's always fun to see how these ideas translate into built environments. While the US is focusing on farm to table, warm woods, raw materials, and an overall emphasis on the rustic and farm-like feel, SLA has gone in an equal, but opposite direction, focusing on the greenhouse.  

The main focus in the lofted interior is the greenhouse-like structure over the counter. This large focal point directs guest to the heart of their space and to their overall concept and direction. 

Simple furniture, and a neutral palate adds freshness to the space while drawing attention to the greenery that surrounds. 

The walls showcase plants and other greenery, vintage gardening tools, and service utensils in a minimalist manner while the honey wood chairs and simple metal stools harken back to traditional greenhouse and exterior furnishings. It's always great to see how different regions interpret and showcase the similar idea of fresh, healthy eating. 


Name: Plow
Location: San Francisco

Plow, located in San Francisco, reminds me of the SF wine country. The use of natural materials, natural light, and industrial touches are reminiscent of being out on the farm.

The muted simple and muted color palate helps draw your eye to the large bay of windows which create an instant connection to the outside. All of the materials and labor came from their Potrero hill zip code and the food is local and seasonal as well. 

Plow oozes with San Francisco characteristics and fits well into the fabric of it's surroundings.

Photos © Dwell


Name: August
Location: New York

August is a lesson in rustic. Wide plank wood and cobblestone floors meet distressed walls peeling with layers of blues and greens. The entire space gives off a warm glow and feels entirely comfortable and rooted. The greenhouse like space located in the back of the restaurant makes you feel like you could be anywhere but NYC, creating an intimate experience and beckoning you to stay a while.

All images © August

Local Favorite; Caffe Streets

Name: Caffe Streets
Location: Chicago
Architect: Norsman Architects

Located in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago; Caffe Streets has managed to bring something a bit different to the coffee scene. A modern yet organic interior features high-top community tables, benches with permanent tables, an intricate multi-layer, topographic style ceiling, as well as full scale street lights. Their cappuccinos are great but the environment and interior are what truly make this a local favorite.