Barbara Lazaroff Restaurant Design
The design of Chinois on Main
Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff opened their second restaurant Chinois on Main in Santa Monica, California.
Chinois was Wolfgang Pucks’s first foray into Asian cooking, and the home of many of his trend-setting dishes. His scrumptious Asian-French cuisine was heightened by Barbara’s innovative and sensual backdrop of Asian inspired design.
Small and rectangular, Chinois posed a considerable restaurant design challenge. Once a sufficient kitchen space was allotted, Barbara created a sequence of areas that tricked the eye including a skylight in the ceiling and an elaborate orchid window. The feelings of balance and flow inspired the distinctive Chinois “energy waves” and yin-yang logo design, as well as many of the forms including the curvilinear entrance partition, undulating bar top, flowing door and window millions and the tile motifs. With a modern take on the traditional Chinese color palette, Barbara infused Chinois in a sublime fuchsia, celadon, and black creating a relaxed, yet exotic environment.
Chinois was designed to reflect Barbara’s feelings about space, color and texture both inside and out. Immediately recognizable, Chinois’ exterior floods Main Street with a bright pink neon glow crowned with a pagoda-like triangular cap.