Barbara Lazaroff Restaurant Design
The design of Spago Beverly Hills
In 1997, Lazaroff completed the new 11,500 square foot flagship Spago, located in Beverly Hills' Golden Triangle.
Spago Beverly Hills was, and still is, consistently described as stunning.
This Spago features exquisite hand-blown glass Italian chandeliers; a lush romantic garden with specimen olive trees, exotic flora, fountains, and glass doors on three sides that open to an interior filled with an impressive collection of art from Lazaroff’s contemporary collection.
This art collection Barbara Lazaroff displays as part of the design of Spago Beverly Hills includes a nine-foot-by-seven-foot Rosenquist, an abundant Jim Dine from his Venus series, a Picasso print, a multiple series of David Hockney and Helen Frankenthaler, renowned ceramic artist Anna Silver, as well as three Lowell Hererro original canvases, which Ms. Lazaroff specifically commissioned for the restaurant. These three paintings celebrate the rich and robust traditions of the Italian countryside. The Botero-sized figures working in the olive trees, the vineyards, and in repose among the apple orchard are one of the focal points of the main dining room.
A 14-foot expanse of art glass exposes the chefs engaged in what one might view as a silent “la danse des cuisiniers.” The masterful asymmetrical skylight, set off with colorful fused and blown glass panels, creates what Lazaroff whimsically refers to as the “temple of food.”
Photographer Maxine Picard was having lunch under these skylights one day when she looked up and just had to capture what she saw. This is that photo — the ceiling and it's skylights, as taken with no special photography setup. In fact, this wasn't even taken with Maxine's professional camera.
The main dining room and the patio can be two distinct spaces and each has its own look, feeling, and appeal. But they can also come together to accommodate large groups such as in this setup for the Annual Passover Sedar (which benefits Mazon). Maxine Picard captured this well.
The Vision for Spago
The vision for the design of Spago Beverly Hills was drawn entirely from The Flame of Life,
the 1996 poem that Barbara wrote about inner spirit about the importance of striving
for excellence and living a life filled with purpose and passion.
The Flame of Life
The flame of life creates
the flame of love inspires
the flame of passion seduces our soul
the flame of compassion heals
the flame of curiosity & knowledge illuminates
the flame of friendship & laughter sustains & renews
the flame of hope is inexhaustible
the flame of the bounty of the earth delights & fulfills
the flame of life is a circle with no beginning & no end
~Barbara Lazaroff (© October 1996)
Barbara's design of Spago Beverly Hills was showcased as a cover story for Interiors Magazine in 1998, which you can read in this pdf.
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