Kate and Ben Towell of design studio 'Basic Projects' own an eatery in Charleston, South Carolina and recently renovated it with vintage restaurant decor. The diner itself is situated within the historic district of the southern U.S. city and is surrounded by well-preserved, remarkable buildings in a large span of architectural styles—from Gothic Revival to Italian Renaissance.
The restaurant was previously a pizzeria with a very specious interior, large windows and a high ceiling. Basic Projects used this to its advantage to create a welcoming vintage restaurant decor with a newly installed "built-in bar with swivel metal bar stools," as well as "light wood communal tables and benches." Kate and Ben utilized a previously unused space for a cobblestone patio with plants, wooden furniture and white timber walls, creating a sunny and welcoming atmosphere for their future guests.
'Basic Projects' Revamped a Diner to Fit a Historic District
1. Vintage Restaurant Decor - The trend of using vintage decor to create an aesthetic in new restaurants can be applied to creating nostalgic experiences in other industries such as retail.
2. Utilizing Unused Spaces - The trend of utilizing unused spaces, such as creating outdoor patios or converting basements, can disrupt urban planning and real estate industries as more space becomes available for public use.
3. Communal Seating - The trend of communal seating in restaurants can be applied to co-working spaces, libraries, and other public places to promote collaboration and socialization.
1. Restaurant Industry - Creating a unique dining experience with vintage decor can be a differentiating factor in the competitive restaurant industry.
2. Interior Design Industry - The use of vintage decor in modern spaces can create a unique and nostalgic aesthetic that may disrupt the traditional approach to interior design.
3. Real Estate Industry - Utilizing previously unused spaces can create new opportunities for urban planning and development, as well as provide additional space for businesses and public use.