Bavel

Los Angeles, CA

500 Mateo St, Los Angeles 90013, CA
Middle Eastern restaurants are often imagined to have design aesthetics that tend to be very dark, heavily patterned and somewhat cliché. The design for Bavel set out to challenge those conventions. The restaurant design embraces the influence of the regions from which the cuisine is derived, interpreting those ideas through the lens of its Arts District (Los Angeles) location. The worn, rather innocuous brick warehouse which houses the space, served as a wonderfully textured canvas for the restaurant to evolve from.
500 Mateo St, Los Angeles 90013, CA
Bavel, Restaurants, Interior Design
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Bavel, Restaurants, Interior Design
Bavel, Restaurants, Interior Design
Bavel, Restaurants, Interior Design
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Middle Eastern restaurants are often imagined to have design aesthetics that tend to be very dark, heavily patterned and somewhat cliché. The design for Bavel set out to challenge those conventions. The restaurant design embraces the influence of the regions from which the cuisine is derived, interpreting those ideas through the lens of its Arts District (Los Angeles) location. The worn, rather innocuous brick warehouse which houses the space, served as a wonderfully textured canvas for the restaurant to evolve from.

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"Seating diversity is plentiful, with a focus on comfort so diners relax and enjoy whether inside or on the patio. Modern and traditional styles have been blended to find the perfect note and finishing touched to the space. The restaurant is very open and due to the L shape of the cook-line and bar, there really was nothing architecturally interesting to help delineate space. We designed an elevated bench to create a vibrant and compact bar scene and a different experience for guests on the dining side. We like to employ strong architectural seating elements in our spaces so as to avoid a “sea” or chairs and tables."
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