House of Salad by Metaphor  |  Yellowtrace

House of Salad by Metaphor  |  Yellowtrace

House of Salad by Metaphor  |  Yellowtrace

House of Salad by Metaphor  |  Yellowtrace

House of Salad by Metaphor  |  Yellowtrace

 

Metaphor Design Studio have drawn inspiration from the artist’s studio for this Bangkok restaurant, House of Salad. Embracing the slightly dishevelled quality we typically associate with an artist’s space, it’s reinterpreted with an almost cinematic approach. The result is a hazy, dreamlike den that captures the imagination.

The suspended balloon lights illuminate a subdued pallette, casting a sepia toned wash across the space. Sketches are sprawled over the walls. The curtain rod bows under the weight of the drapery. This is not a space about neatness and precision but the rush of free flowing ideas. With no access to views beyond the walls of the tenancy, the space is internalized. Frames demarcate where windows could to be, inviting us to colour the details with our imagination.

 

ouse of Salad by Metaphor  |  Yellowtrace

House of Salad by Metaphor  |  Yellowtrace

House of Salad by Metaphor  |  Yellowtrace

House of Salad by Metaphor  |  Yellowtrace

House of Salad by Metaphor  |  Yellowtrace

 

An open kitchen is located centrally, housed in an open timber frame. The glass house like structure is a stage for the choreography of cooking.

By centring quite literally on the idea of an artist’s studio, there is a danger of crossing the line into theme restaurant. In truth, I’m slightly uneasy about the prints of sketches by European Masters. They teeter uncomfortably close to that line. Yet the theatre of the space is so captivating that there’s a willingness to run with it and be swept away into this otherworldly place.

Text by Ella Leoncio for Yellowtrace.

 


[Photography by Nuttee Thongjang. Images courtesy of Metaphor Design Studio.]

 

About The Author

Ella Leoncio
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Ella is a design obsessed architect from Melbourne and author of the blog 'pages from my moleskine'. She specializes in residential architecture and currently works in a senior design role with an equal focus on architecture and interiors. Things that really float Ella’s boat include; designs that frame an experience, innovative material explorations, textures and light, clarity and simplicity. She is addicted to learning through making and doing. Her free time is spent sewing, knitting, knotting, folding, moulding, shaping, dyeing... Contemporary dance is another great life passion of hers. In fact, Ella is convinced that dance and architecture are two dialects of the same language.

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