Designer: Alex Meyers
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In restaurant design, repurposing materials is not only environmentally minded, but may also give you an edge. At least that is what the popularity of the Colonie restaurant suggests. Located on a strip of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, Colonie is an attractive dining option for residents and tourists.

Granted, the success of the restaurant owes to its cuisine that relies on local and sustainable foods. However, Colonie welcomes its patrons with an interior whose undeniable character has much to do with the materials used in its design.

Reclaimed Materials in Restaurant Design

The restaurant’s founders (Elise Rosenberg, Emelie Kihlstrom and Tamer Hamawi) enlisted the efforts of architect Alex Meyers (MADEsign), who made intensive use of reclaimed materials in the design of the restaurant interior. Reclaimed wood is omnipresent, whether in the construction of the counters, the ceiling or as an accent element.

Reclaimed Wood in Restaurant Design

Softening the look of the restaurant’s brick walls and in perfect accord with the wood elements, a vertical garden creates a green oasis that gives the space a fresh twist. Among the plants that cascade in a luxury of greenery, the garden, created by Woodland Landscapes, contains edible herbs.

Vertical Garden Restaurant Design

Repurposed objects are used throughout the interior. Old church pews get a new life as banquettes, in an eclectic mix with the steel industrial stools placed in front of the counters.

Balancing the crisp white of the bar shelves, an old mirror from a local source enhances the light and adds a beautiful glow. The mix of old and new gives the place the familiarity of lived-in spaces.

Reclaimed Mirror Restaurant Design

A steel beam abandoned on the roof of the building became a unique light fixture with an industrial vibe. The piece accentuates the originality of the design.

Repurposed Materials in Restaurant Design

Colonie proves that the use of reclaimed and repurposed materials can change and enhance the mood of a space, by infusing the present with the mysteries of the past. It also shows that giving a new life to old things makes perfect business sense.

Learn about emerging trends of 2015 in commercial interior design HERE.

If you are thinking to open up a new business or in a process of rebranding and remodeling your existing business, contact us to get a free consultation from Mindful Design Consulting. Click HERE to price your project design.

Also, take a look at “Branding By Interior” e-book, the only book written on this subject at this time. It brings insight on how you can turn your business into a market-dominating competitor by using human cognitive responses.

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