Uncommonly Common

July 2nd, 2010

You might look around a restaurant and see plates, bowls, bottles — things that you use everyday but
rarely think about. Some designers however, look at these common objects and see opportunity.


Whist
, Los Angeles – Designed by Kelly Wearstler

At Whist in Los Angeles, CA, Kelly Wearstler takes the most common dining object, plates, and uses
them to make dramatic statements on the walls.

Antique plates line the wall at Whist, LA

Antique plates line the wall at Whist, LA

Plates make a statement in the poolside lounge

Plates make a statement in the poolside lounge


Morimoto
, NYC – Designed by Tadao Ando

In New York City, famed Japanese architect Tadao Ando was inspired, not by water (a typical element
in Asian design), but rather by the vessel that contains it, creating an incredible wall feature comprised
of 17,400 half litre bottles filled with mineral water and LED lights for Morimoto.

Impressive wall of plastic bottles

Impressive wall of plastic bottles

Detail of plastic bottles

Detail of plastic bottles

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These design features also bring to mind the incredible work of artists like Tara Donovan and Subodh Gupta
who transform common objects, like those used in restaurants all over the world, into beautiful,
unimaginable installation pieces:


Tara Donovan – Haze, 2003, Stacked Clear Drinking Straws
Learn more about the work of Tara Donovan here.

Haze - Wall installation made from straws

Haze - Wall installation made from straws

Haze - Detailed view of straws

Haze - Detailed view of straws


Subodh Gupta – UFO, 2007, made from brass pots
Learn more about the work of Subodh Gupta here.

UFO, made from brass pots

UFO - Created with brass pots

UFO - Detailed view of pots

UFO - Detailed view of pots

Know of a restaurant that features bold statement pieces or accents? Send us your suggestions and
we’ll post them on
DesignEats.com!

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