Southern California critic Alan Hess tells us more about Ken Kellogg’s GG’s Island Restaurant (formerly the Chart House), which was ravaged by fire on Tuesday morning. The extent of the damage and the potential for repair have not yet been determined. Palm Springs may be best known for sleek steel and glass Modern architecture, but the 1978 Chart House by San Diego architect Ken Kellogg (one of a series he designed for the restaurant chain) makes it impossible to ignore the fact that Organic Modernism is just as much a part of the Coachella Valley heritage. Set along Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage, Chart House's low-slung, serpentine shape hugs the contours of a small, rocky butte. Outside, it's the image of protective desert shelter: the taut vaulted roof stretches down, like the fabric of an umbrella or the shell of a crab, almost to touch the landscape berms rising to meet it. Inside, however, the heavy timber columns, curving glu-lam roof ribs, and rubble stone walls wind their way through the restaurant like a well-designed forest. They create layers of space, naturally lighted by a skylight curving along the spine, with an appealing complexity. Kellogg's fifty-five year career, including residences, churches, and commercial and institutional buildings, continues to show the vitality of organic design. [Photo credits: Keith Daly / Flickr, Michael Smith / Flickr, Desert Sun screenshot, KESQ screenshot.]
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Last week the AIA/LA announced its choices for this year's most notable food-friendly architecture mavericks with its annual Restaurant Design Awards. Designs ranged from an up-cycled (in this case, stripped down and revamped Lina Bo Bardi style) pizza parlor in Culver City to a Guggenheim Museum centerpiece to a repurposed church in Maine. "We tried to design a modern twist on a Gothic Methodist church...buttresses, laser cut patterns on the bar and upholstering old pews,” said architect Ryan Wither for Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine. The restaurant's logo and the bar floor plan emulate an old trefoil window. Poon Design Inc.'s Mendocino Farms and R. Dean Bingham—in conjunction with AIA and Tivi Design—won a People's Choice Awards as did FER Studio and Studio Collective for the Spare Room in Hollywood. Spare Room, a gamer's delight, houses two vintage bowling lanes set within the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. "We worked very closely with the owners to narrow the focus and curate a vision which both looked back to a time where parlor games were seen as a symbol of the bourgeois as well as take cues from the present," explained Studio Collective architect Adam Goldstein. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture's Incenhaurers, GRAFT's Aria Pool at City Center, Earl's Gourmet Grub by FreelandBuck, Lukshon by MASS Architecture and Design, Bestor Architecture's Pitfire Pizza (Culver City site; that's the revamped pizza joint), and The Wright from the Guggenheim Museum by Andre Kikoski Architecture all walked away with Jury Awards.
Local boy Andre Kikoski won the James Beard Award today for his flashy new restaurant inside the Guggenheim Museum. It replaced the once dowdy cafeteria designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, for whom the award-winning eatery is named, long a vestigial space tucked in under the museum's sweeping rotunda. Now all flashy curves and color, Kikoski's space, which opened in January, was even considered a might bit better than the food served therein by New York food critic Adam Platt. The Wright beat out another local spot, Brooklyn's Choice Kitchens & Bakery by Evan Douglis Studio, and Greensboro, Alabama's PieLab, designed by Project M. Kikoski joins recent award winners Thomas Schleeser of Design Bureaux (2009) for Chicago's Publican, Tadao Ando (2008) for Morimoto New York, Lewis Tsuramaki Lewis (2007) for New York's (now defunct) Xing, Bentel and Bentel (2006) for the Modern... (We're noticing a trend here, which maybe helps explain why the food in the city is so darn good.)
New York-city based design and concept firm AvroKO, the masterminds behind various self-propelled projects such as PUBLIC and Double Crown restaurants, recently revealed their latest venture--as fashion designers. Teaming up with the Mona & Holly studio, AvroKO will release a limited edition of service uniforms in April as part of their Spring ’09 collection. Inspired by “smart and tidy service uniforms of decades past,” the collection doesn’t stray from AvroKO’s signature aesthetic--concept driven designs that are somewhat nostalgic of times past while maintaining a sense of modernity. The uniforms, which will be worn by PUBLIC and Double Crown staff beginning early May, bridge the gap between hospitality and fashion through the functionality of the pieces and overall design. The collection contains basic shift dresses, flouncy skirts, and structured tops that are elegantly detailed, glamorizing the femininity of uniforms of decades past. AvroKO’s collection for Mona & Holly will be available for purchase in select boutiques in New York, Chicago, and Dallas, with pieces ranging in price from $75 to $365.
Without further ado, here are the winners of the AIA LA’s 4th Annual Restaurant Design Awards. The awards were announced on October 16, and judges included architects David Montalba and Michael Hogdson, Joachim B. Splichal, founder of the Patina restaurant group, and LA Weekly writer Margot Dougherty. JURY WINNERS: RESTAURANT Blue Velvet designed by Tag Front Katsuya Glendale designed by Starck Network & DesignARC Mozza Osteria designed by Kelly Architects, Inc. CAFÉ/BAR FOOD designed by Fleetwood Fernandez Architecture LAMILL COFFEE designed by Formation Association & Rubbish Interiors LOUNGE/NIGHTCLUB Elevate Lounge designed by Tag Front PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNERS: RESTAURANT Mozza Osteria designed by Kelly Architects, Inc. (pictured in jury winners section) CAFÉ/BAR Kitchen 24 designed by Spacecraft & Torres Architects LOUNGE/NIGHTCLUB oneworld Lounge at LAX designed by Gensler