7 Restaurants. 7 Design Firms. 7 New Experiences.
Design permeates every aspect of dining out at a restaurant—from the menus to the interior design, from the furniture to the food itself; every design discipline is represented. At the core is collaboration and a shared vision with the restaurant client. Design Museum Boston is excited to announce our latest exhibition: Design for Dining, a public exhibition distributed across seven restaurants in Downtown Boston, showcasing how designers shape the dining experience.
We’ve paired seven restaurants in Downtown Boston with seven leading design and architecture firms from around Greater Boston. Each team has designed and produced a new dining experience for you to dine in and enjoy. You can look forward to enjoying special menus and drinks while dining within these newly designed experiences from June to November.
Visit the following restaurants to experience Design for Dining:
Soldier Design worked directly with Founder/Owner of the Mediterranean Bakery, Ilan Barniv, to reimagine a dessert experience that complements their current offering with true cultural appeal. Embracing the idea of ‘Tea and Cookies,’ Soldier curated a vignette welcoming folks to an assortment of sweets that complete the thriving, fast casual dining experience.
Inspiration for Jaywalk Studio’s design came from JM Curley himself; a former Mayor of Boston, notorious for holding office during a brief stint in jail. The materials for this project, which include steel and wood, align with Jaywalk’s brand and work harmoniously in the rustic setting of the space. Jaywalk has also paired with Zipcar to further the dining experience–Zipcar members have the opportunity to interact with a device built into the table for a special gift from both Zipcar & jm Curley.
The Bergmeyer/LX team is amplifying the LX concept for six adventurous guests with their designed experience. The proximity to Chinatown has influenced the daring, Asian-inspired menu, while a nod to the neighborhood’s colorful Combat Zone past is found in the menu’s playfully themed cocktails. Bergmeyer’s circular booth includes a back-lit glass mosaic table top which shifts from amber to crimson over the course of a 2-hour dining experience.
*reservations must be made 48 hours in advance
Nelson’s design experience incorporates a camera with 2-way communication between their table and MAST’s kitchen, creating a new “chef’s table” experience. This alternative method of dining will be represented in a steampunk feel, while the dishes remain as signature classic Neapolitan Italian.
*call to reserve table
Using The Merchant’s neighborhood location, Payette designed their vignette to engage three different scales of community: neighborhood to restaurant, restaurant to table, and table to diner. The table’s unique shape changes the conversation depending on the number of guests at the table and how they choose to position themselves along its edges.
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STA’s team came together to create a singular experience with Silvertone, which is loved for its familiar feeling, retro character, and amazing comfort food. Their dining concept expands on the history of the restaurant and incorporates guests into the story. An oversized ceiling-mounted gilded mirror captures the experience, while frames surrounding the booth add to the inclusive feel.
Gate 3, Visual Dialogue and b Architecture Studio teamed up to transform the space, both functionally and visually. Inspired by wine tasting rooms at vineyards, the team replaced the once orange-padded vinyl booths with reclaimed wood, rising to the ceiling and flowing out into the main dining area. The vignette trasports guests to a Tuscan vineyard with its 14 foot high imagery spanning the booth’s back wall.
- Design Museum Mornings • June 19th at 8:30am at Red Thread (22 Boston Wharf Rd. Boston) we’re featuring restaurant designer, Stephen Martyak, Founder and Principal of StudioTYAK at our free Design Museum Mornings — he will speak on the process of designing a restaurant from the client’s vision through it’s opening.
- Downtown Table Tours • July 23rd at 5:30 pm at the Design for Dining participating restaurants, we’ll have an exclusive, progressive-dinner style event for groups to visit the new dining experiences up close and enjoy specially designed snacks and drinks.
- UNITE: Design for Dining • August 13th at 6:30pm at CIC Boston (50 Milk St. Boston) we are producing a panel discussion featuring four thought leaders in the restaurant industry. They’ll discuss what it takes to conceive, design, and develop new dining spaces and experiences.