Project Details

DesignerPoon Design Inc.FabricatorEnvironmental Contracting CorporationApplicationsSpace Dividers & DisplaysLocationLos Angeles, CA, US

Chaya Downtown

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Banker Wire mesh plays off brass design elements.

Chaya Downtown in Los Angeles, California won the 2009 Restaurant Design Awards presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Downtown’s Chaya first opened back in 2009 as an upscale dinnertime option for the business set, relying on crowds from the attached City National Plaza and beyond. For a time the restaurant was among the busiest places to catch a post-work drink and bite during the week, but in recent years an explosion in the Downtown dining scene made it harder to compete.

"The bronze wire mesh screen worked perfectly for our intentions on the interior of the space. The typical banquette divider is glass, giving some separation, but allowing the space to remain 'open.' The Banker Wire weave worked in the same way, but with true class. As you can see in the picture, it filters the content on the other side, hinting at the activity like lingerie, but still providing a sense of privacy for those dining next to it. The brass was the other component that worked really well with our design. The restaurant has a large exterior blade of a canopy that pierces the interior of the restaurant. The underside of that canopy is a reddish Spanish Brass. The Banker woven wire bronze allowed us to connect the dots." - Bryan Bethem, Poon Design

The bronze wire mesh provides warmth in this space.Banker Wire mesh serves as a divider in this restaurant, without interrupting its open aesthetic.