Commercial Design

{ interior & exterior concept design. branding consultation. logo design. sourcing of design elements, fixtures, furniture & decor. interior staging. social media & website design. }


My first restaurant design project gave me both a ground to build up from and very dear friendship that continues to deepen with each new location we take on. From the blank slate of conceptualizing a unique interior to house a new pizza venue for fast-casual veterans who had been in the biz for 20 years ...  to the completion of eight locations since, SNAP continues to teach and enrich my understanding of successful restaurant design. 

SNAP PIZZA | 4 Station Road  Ardmore, PA. |  plus seven additional completed locations

2014 to present | 2 new locations coming soon!

{ Exton * Center City * Bryn Mawr * Newark, DE * Conshocken * City Ave. * Jenkintown } 

 

{ voted Best of Philly 2017 for quick-serve pizza ... and it truly is completely delicious! } 


FRONT STREET CAFE | in the Fishtown Neighborhood of Philadelphia

{ 2015 in collaboration with owner/innovator Lee Larkin }

Front Street Cafe was such an incredible project to be a part of because it involved an entire building in Fishtown. We had two floors to work with indoors, plus a large outdoor dining area to accomodate this hybrid concept of cafe, restaurant, bar, lounge and beergarden, all flowing one into the other very seamlessly. Plus the developer already had a stash of wonderful salvaged pieces he had been collecting over the years and a solid sense of the aesthetic he was hoping to manifest. 

I love the glass pendants we chose and how they work against the backdrop of the old original brick. And I love the large open pass-thru we made for visitors moving from the bar side to the cafe ... while also having a smaller pass-thru behind the bar for staff.  The two openings create such a spacious feeling in the center of a very dense and solid old building. 

Upstairs in the library/lounge, we went with a softer, more den-like arrangement,  sourcng vintage velvet couches in green and blue and making use of the fireplace as a focal point. The original nook in the corner was perfect for tufted leather booth seating. Daytime patrons having coffee or lunch could use the space as a comfortable work environment, while nightime guests of the bar could have a space to gather that felt more intimate than the exciting pub vibe downstairs. 

In good weather, the outside dining space at Front Street Cafe is the place to be.  Mr. Larkin takes almost all of the credit for the exterior design here, as he had most of it worked out in his mind before we even met. And it's so fabulous. Under the roof at the far end is an awesome outdoor bar surrounded by walls made of old doors and salvaged tile. I think all I did here was choose the paint colours and provide the table craftsman who could make what Mr. Larkin had in mind. I love the metal staircase, which you'll have to visit in person to see! 

All FSC photos from the Front Street Cafe website, which you can find here: http://frontstreetcafe.net

Or visit in person to enjoy a truly delicious menu in one of Philly's most thriving inner villages.


Farmhouse Coffee on Lancaster Ave. in Downingtown, PA

{ so many pictures to add for this fun project!! sorry for the delay!  }

M2O is a delicious concept eatery in the Philly neighborhood of Queen Village, innovated into being by three dear-hearted brothers from Kosovo who had a very big-hearted American dream. 

I am so lucky that they found me to help them bring into form their idea of a "fish & chips of America" spot  ... which is of course, a place to get perfect (made-to-order) burgers & fries. 

To honour Philadelphia as the birthplace of a nation they have come to love so earnestly ... we used reproductions of the oldest Philly maps we could find as wall decor ... and they even let me write poignant quotes from the founding fathers on their walls in my own handwriting. We also contracted a talented artist to do a mural of Philadelphia on the back wall. 

The grey and white stripes on the banguette seating and the exterior awnings are a nod to the fish & chips places I remember seeing ... particularly in Hastings and Rye in the U.K, when I was a child. 


present project |  porch & proper  

coolingwood, n.j. ~  opening August 2018