Big design and incredible food go hand-in-hand at the inspired ambiance of Chapel Hill restaurant Market and Moss. We started to dive into this large-scale renovation and redesign last week (check it out here!) and today we’re showing you all those inside looks here in the last big reveal of this complete transformation. Follow along with us as we give you a peek into all of the beautiful details that made this space complete.
The Long Game
It’s always so amazing to see a huge project come together. Big design can certainly happen fast, but with commercial design, it can sometimes be a multi-phase process- starting with an idea, shaping it into a vision, and then bringing it to reality piece by piece. The owner of Market and Moss had a big dream for this space, and together the vision we created for this place was one of great design, but also community, enjoyment, and – of course- delicious food! We love working with business owners because we’re not only creating a perfect place for them, but also for every patron that walks through the door. Making their experience in the space beautiful and memorable means creativity, planning, and strategy go into every square inch, right down to the last drawer pull and tabletop. It’s a huge collaboration to bring a space like this together, and oh my, do we LOVE the challenge. It also gives us an opportunity to do one of our favorite things, which is to discover and bring in local talent- artists and tradespeople who can help make every element even more unique and incredible, infusing it with meaning and fostering connection.
One of the most impactful elements we brought into the space was the seating we created with Carolina Custom Booth. Seating design for a restaurant may seem like a regular line item, but in actuality, it’s hugely important. Restaurants are BUSY places- and though it may not seem that way when we are sitting at a table chatting and relaxing, we as designers know that the first critical component of a seating space plan is movement. Staff, servers, patrons entering and exiting- seating is a big part of what will create this pattern, as well as determine how efficient and comfortable it will be. At the same time, we want to strategically maximize seating capacity so that more people can be served, but in a way that still appears intentional, organized (but not too predictable), and maintaining the perfect amount of space to create that perfect cozy-but-not-crowded feel. Easy access to the kitchen and the outdoor seating area was also a must for this beautiful space. If it sounds like a tall order, that’s because it truly is- and smart strategy is key to creating a space that looks incredible, but is also designed for optimal function.
Once the Master Design Plan link was in place, we set out to create a seating space plan that would maximize the space. This meant planning every inch of where booth seating would go, as well as how tables would be laid out in the open center and along certain walls. A mixture of both booth seating for larger groups as well as intimate table arrangements helped us balance the space and flow of movement throughout each area. Working with local makers Carolina Custom Booth (CCB) helped us to create just the right feel for the space. Choosing the style, color, height, and finish of the booths was key to making them feel that they were a cornerstone of the design, and every inch placed with intention. Varying the color (a sleek camel brown complemented by rich, dark green) as well as the tufting style and the shape/length of the booths were key to layering in depth and visual interest to this large seating set.