Est Restaurant

Est Restaurant

Creative Union Network
Toronto, ON, Canada | View Map
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Riley Snelling

Est Restaurant

Creative Union Network as Architects

The Scope
After receiving numerous accolades and awards for his artistic culinary compositions, renowned Canadian Chef Sean McDonald approached us to help him design his first independent foray into the Toronto restaurant scene. Sean’s approach to cuisine, which blends astounding flavours and artful plating, required a backdrop that shared his meticulous attention to detail and quality. The objective for the design was to create a comfortable, soothing space that leverages rich materiality and a subtle design aesthetic to enhance the patron’s experience of the masterful entrées being presented.

The space used to be an old bakery that required extensive renovation and revised space planning, as well as upgrades to the existing kitchen to incorporate cutting edge equipment and improved workflow and ergonomics.

The Concept
The concept was to employ traditional materials to establish a sense of unpretentious elegance and implement them in novel and unexpected ways to create small moments of delight complementing the dining experience.

The design integrated signature Creative Union Network perforated detailing. Computer fabricated geometries and parametric patterns were used to accentuate material textures and hide unwanted utilities such as radiators and air condition units. In addition, the renovation was a testing ground for an innovative “therma-forming” technology, where the large sheets of quartz Ceasarstone are formed into elegant sweeping curves.

The movements of guests and staff are reflected in the geometries of the furniture and fixtures creating a free-flowing spatial arrangement devoid of abrupt interruptions.

Est Restaurant brings a sense of calm, which is unusual in the hustle and bustle of the city. The minimalistic space, washed in light woods and various grey hues, is enlivened with plants and warmed by felt accents. The uncluttered dining space compliments a sophisticated culinary experience while focusing the attention on the sim.

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