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Acoustic Solutions for Noisy Restaurants

Acoustic Solutions for Noisy Restaurants

Have you ever strained to listen attentively to the conversation happening at your own table in a really noisy restaurant, only to be overwhelmed by sounds coming at you from every angle? Besides other people talking, there are so many factors that contribute to the ambient noise in restaurants  – music, the clanging of dishes and cutlery, the humming of the heating & ventilation system... Read More


Vondom

Vondom

Back in our first entry about our trip to the Host Exhibition in Milan, we wrote about our discovery of Vondom home decor.  Vondom is a company that produces luxury furniture and accessories that are constructed predominantly out of polyethylene resin.  Most of their products are approved for both indoor and outdoor use.  We were intrigued by Vondom’s stand a the exhibition, so we looked... Read More


HOST Milan Part 5 — Food & Wine Display

HOST Milan Part 5 — Food & Wine Display

Our design specialization at Urbanomic Interiors is for the foodservice and hospitality sectors, so we constantly need to combine functionality and practically with visually interesting ways to display times such as wine and food.  This was at the forefront of our minds while we roamed the halls of the Host Milano 39th International Hospitality Exhibition.  We came back with a  host of new ideas and... Read More


HOST Milan Part 4 — Grand Stands

HOST Milan Part 4 — Grand Stands

While here in Canada we would probably call the individual company exhibits “booths” or “kiosks”, at the Host Milano 39th International Hospitality Exhibition in Milan, Italy, they called them “stands”.  And what grand stands they were!  We found a great deal of inspiration for our future projects while browsing the displays.  Here are the ones that still stand out in our minds, almost two months... Read More


HOST Milan Part 3 — Enlightening lighting and accessories!

HOST Milan Part 3 — Enlightening lighting and accessories!

There were a tonne of amazing lighting and accessories on display at the Host Milano 39th International Hospitality Exhibition.  Here are a few that brightened our experience!.. The suspension lamps hanging in the Colico booth were captivating.  While Colico is returning to their classic furniture roots (the company is celebrating its 95th year in business this year), their their Burlesque line of lights is more... Read More


HOST Milan Part 2 — Fatboy!

HOST Milan Part 2 — Fatboy!

Fatboy — not the motorcycle or the musician, but the furniture company — had one of the most fun booths that we saw at Host Milano 39th International Hospitality Exhibition.  (You can find our first post about the exhibition here.)  They presented a rainbow of comfortable, practical-yet-funky pieces that we would be more than happy to have at home.  (In fact, some of our staff... Read More


HOST Milan Part 1 — A feast for the eyes!

HOST Milan Part 1 — A feast for the eyes!

From October 23rd to 27th, we were invited to attend the Host Milano 39th International Hospitality Exhibition in Milan, Italy.  The exhibition focused on products for the professional hospitality industry: furniture, equipment, coffee, and food.  While there was a predominance of Italian exhibitors, which is to be expected given the location, the 2,004 companies came from 47 countries.  There were over 150,000 visitors, 40% of... Read More


Reviews: Zen Kitchen

Reviews: Zen Kitchen

In 2009, we worked on the complete renovation of the space that was to become Ottawa’s renown Zen Kitchen.  The restaurant enjoyed five great years as the city’s premiere vegan restaurant — and of course there were some fabulous reviews written and photos taken during that time. © Amanda Large & Younes Bounhar, Local Tourist Ottawa In their article “Beautiful not boring: A look at... Read More


Rina and Frank’s Elopement at Sushi 88

Rina and Frank’s Elopement at Sushi 88

Prime wedding venues are often hall-like affairs that seat hundreds of people, often with a large dance floor, a few side-rooms and nooks for quiet chats and small group photos, and manicured gardens.  A lot of our recent design work has focused on nigh on the opposite: nightclubs, small or casual dining establishments, and luxury homes.  So imagine our delight when we discovered that back... Read More


SushiMe

SushiMe

The border of the Ottawa neighborhoods of New Edinburgh and Vanier was not exactly known for its sushi, with pubs, restaurants and coffee shops dominating the scene.  Sue Jung, owner/chef of SushiMe, aimed to change all that.  In 2012, she hired Urbanomic Interiors to expand their restaurant into the vacant adjacent unit, more than doubling their seating and adding a bar.  In their review of... Read More


Nearing Completion: Atelier Restaurant Expansion

Nearing Completion: Atelier Restaurant Expansion

The completion of the Atelier restaurant is so close that we can taste it!  We are torn between saving everything for the big reveal and showing all the steps of a work in progress.  We decided to remain somewhere in between, with a few teaser pictures.  We’ll start with the all-new upstairs expansion, which is not quite finished.  There are boxes filling all of the... Read More


CTV Ottawa Morning Live: Burgers n’ Fries Forever

CTV Ottawa Morning Live: Burgers n’ Fries Forever

Back in 2013, we created the look for the new trendy burger joint in town, Burgers n’ Fries Forever.  The restaurant prides itself on providing food that is handcrafted, local, and fresh — never frozen or bagged.  Our design had to reflect that.  Restaurant co-owner Jamil Bhuya said of our design: We put a lot of time and effort into the interior.  When people see... Read More


Ottawa Magazine: Burgers n’ Fries Forever

Ottawa Magazine: Burgers n’ Fries Forever

We were featured again in Ottawa Magazine, this time in the 2015 Interiors issue!  Justine Baltessen and I were interviewed by Sarah Brown for the “My Look” section at Burgers n’ Fries Forever, whose interior we designed in the summer of 2013. Photos © Jessica Deeks Photography | jessicadeeks.com Check us out in the Interiors 2015 Issue: Light Fantastic on the Ottawa magazine site or... Read More



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