The exterior of the building is set up in a series of overlapping flat roof planes, intersecting volumes and varying heights, with gray slate, warm wood and black metal to define the variation even more.
Building materials to reference nature
Natural materials like stone, brick and wood were all go-tos for Wright.
Linking the exterior to the interior
Wright was building a brand before it was cool to do so. “Developing a consistent interior and exterior brand concept for a project is important for current restaurant designs and was a key component in [Wright’s] designs,” Pandolfi said.
Stay a while
The warmth of the exterior invites visitors inside, where it’s even warmer (carrying over the same vibe from the outside to the inside is another telltale sign of the holistic design style Wright helped bring to the forefront). And after all, feeling warm and cozy is a key part of hospitality.
Steel, wood and stone
These elements show up again and again, providing a comforting continuity.
Patio as living room
In Wright’s residential designs, the fireplace was almost always the beating heart of the home. Pandolfi translated the living room, or family gathering space, into the patio of Firepoint Grill. That primitive idea of gathering around a fire that appeals to all of us has been refined with gray slate stone, making it stand out as a central part of the overall restaurant experience.
“The glow of the fire and the aroma of the wood fire add to the warmth of the restaurant interior,” Pandolfi said.
The idea of a gathering space appeals to primitive human nature, something Wright played upon with his designs.
Details in interior design
“Frank Lloyd Wright not only designed the buildings but was passionate about designing interiors and furnishings as well so that it’s a complete concept,” Pandolfi said. “His intricate detailing in furniture, screens, are and lighting work well in the scale of a hospitality project.”
Light it up
“Lighting is key to all our interior projects and we spend a lot of time making sure it’s right and sets the right mood of the interior, especially in the restaurant dining room,” Pandolfi said.
Lights at different heights
These fixtures are rustic-natural perfection.
Patterns that switch between two-dimensional and 3-D was a big deal for Wright, so these “geometries” show up on the restaurant’s floor, window and fabric patterns.