Redesign of Daniel Boulud hotspot celebrates sea and sun
BOULUD SUD | Miami, Fla., US
size 6,350 sf
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A lesson in chic adaptive reuse, this seaside-inspired dining destination successfully melds existing elements with new additions, completely reimagining internationally renowned Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant in Downtown Miami.
Previously known as DB Bistro Moderne, the 6,350-sq.-ft. space’s rebranding to a mezze-style Mediterranean restaurant called for the creation of a transportive, authentic architectural dining envelope that showcases the chef’s menu. The designers’ goal: for guests to feel as if they had been transported—through each of their senses—to the Mediterranean. The result is a stunning, light and airy setting designed to be as much a destination for its cuisine as it is for its casual ambiance.
The stage is set upon approach, with lush planters and lanterns situated next to a statement-making 12-ft. by 6-ft. wooden door. Inside, three cabanas draped in blue-to-white ombré fabric are positioned in front of a 20-ft.-high, intricately patterned screen that separates the staircase from the main dining area, lending a dose of theatrical but subtle movement to the space as diners transition between floors.
Art throughout the restaurant, including a large piece in the reception area inspired by the blues and whites of the Mediterranean, are all original works by artist Vik Muniz. Live greenery is incorporated throughout the space to soften hard architectural lines and bring in the natural environment.
Minimalist light fixtures, fabricated in undulating linen fabric, are reminiscent of sheer drapery swaying in the breeze. The fixtures contrast with the linear wood casements on the perimeter walls, introducing a softness to the surroundings. Screen walls hide the restaurant’s staircase from sight, contributing to the desired light and airy feeling.
Moroccan-inspired flooring, both inside and out, catches the eye. The teal and white encaustic cement tiles provide a visual designation for the various dining spaces within the restaurant. Similar to those typically found in the Mediterranean, the tile selection also injects color and a comfortable, lived-in feel to the space.
Guests can curate their own Boulud Sud experience by choosing to sit in the main dining room to see and be seen or, if they prefer, to have a more private dining experience in one of the restaurant’s secluded alcoves. Varied seating options enable large groups and tables for two alike to be equally comfortable.
Seating nooks create an “Instagramable” moment where people can go and take photos while they wait to be seated. The nooks also serve as a semi-private location to take a phone call or to wait for someone.
Outside on the patio, an intricately patterned, gray and white stencil was applied to porcelain tile. The patterns are reminiscent of the Mediterranean region, and the stencil and tiles are weathered and worn to continue a lived-in look.