The programme called for a thirty-seat restaurant, including a small but fully functioning bar. The room was to be occupied only at night and the construction budget was extremely low. The clients were young and involved in the art, design and music scenes in Vancouver. As a result of this, all of the people involved in the construction process were friends of the proprietors, most of them artists and designers. While we were automatically drawn to certain sub-cultural associations with vegetarian cuisine, the clients were opposed to any "hippy" references, citing instead, their desire for an elegant, modern night-time space that would befit a more evolved type of vegetarian dining. The resultant style is a primitive/modern hybrid, that recalls the forest at night.
Construction-grade fir plywood, with oval plugs was the main building material, chosen for its locality and its economy. The plywood was stained very dark to provide the darkness required for a high contrast with the white walls whence would derive the elegance. The original space was oddly-shaped and the woodwork employs subtle but effective angles in certain places. The angles offer relief from the hard, modern edges and contribute to the overall "organic" quality of the space, Shadows were considered a "material" and lighting was designed around this idea. The chrome chairs were salvaged from the restaurant that previously occupied the space but they were recovered in sage green, as a further suggestion of the forest. As an in-joke, we enjoyed the thought of recovering a standard piece of working-class furniture with a fashionable new colour and the implications this brought to bear on the syntax of furniture and the social dynamics of fashion.