HOSPITALITY DESIGN: Multi-colored Slate Adds Flair to Restaurant Design

March 13, 2006
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
The walls throughout P.F. Chang's China Bistro in Seattle, WA, were designed with 12- x 12-inch African Multi-Color slate tiles from American Slate Co. of Walnut Creek, CA.


Fiery shades of slate were added to spice up P.F. Chang's China Bistro in Seattle, WA, and to contrast the preexisting sandstone floor

Situated in Westlake Center, in the heart of downtown Seattle, WA, P.F. Chang's China Bistro was designed with warm hues of sandstone and slate. The Restaurant Studio division of MBH Architects of Alameda, CA, and the design team at P.F. Chang's collaborated on the project.

A long colorful slate “anchor wall” serves as an interior visual connection between the two levels of the restaurant, which includes a dining section below and a bar area above.
According to Miriam Marchevsky, project manager of Restaurant Studio, the design goal was to “complement the vitality and energy of this destination city with an approachable design for stylish, yet comfortable dining.” She said that the restaurant incorporates contrasting textural elements of the existing site with the P.F. Chang's aesthetic. “The restaurant features a curvilinear environment of rich, natural textures along with a warm inviting palette of colors and fabrics,” said Marchevsky.

An existing sandstone floor was re-used, and 6,000 square feet of 12- x 12-inch African Multi-Color autumn-colored slate tiles from American Slate Co. were added to the space as wall tile. Marchevsky describes the slate as having “a variety of warm earth tone hues with orange/fiery pieces.”

“The African Multi-Color slate was chosen specifically for its fiery quality,” said Miriam Marchevsky, project manager of Restaurant Studio. “We felt that given the often gloomy weather in Seattle, it would serve as a beacon of warmth through the large exterior windows.”
The project manager said that a long colorful slate “anchor wall” serves to create an interior visual connection between the two levels of the restaurant, which include the dining section below and bar area above. Slate was also used on walls at both entrances.

Overall, the restaurant features 6,000 square feet of slate.
“Stone played a very important role,” said Marchevsky. “The fiery slate provided contrast to the 'crisp' floor and created a very warm feeling. It also served to unify the two levels of the restaurant, and is one of the main visual features in the space.

The project also included the re-use of an existing sandstone floor.
“The African Multi-Color slate was chosen specifically for its fiery quality,” she continued. “We felt that given the often gloomy weather in Seattle, it would serve as a beacon of warmth through the large exterior windows.”

According to Marchevsky, the design goal was to “complement the vitality and energy of this destination city with an approachable design for stylish, yet comfortable dining.”
The design team at P.F. Chang's worked in conjunction with MBH Architects to choose the materials and evaluate the options. “The existing P.F. Chang's aesthetic incorporates contrasting textural elements and evokes feelings of 'warm fuzzies',” said the project manager. “This look is often achieved with the use of slate and stone veneer, mixed with rich woods, customs glass and colorful murals.”

Since opening, the restaurant has been well received in the neighborhood, according to Marchevsky.

The rough texture of the stone, combined with its unique blend of colors, brought dimension and character to the dining space.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro

Seattle, WA

Architect: MBH Architects (Restaurant Studio), Alameda, CA, in conjunction with P.F. Chang's design team

Stone Supplier: American Slate Co., Walnut Creek, CA (African Multi-Color slate)

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

Recent Articles by Michelle Stinnard

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

The Stone Fashion Show at Marmomacc in Verona

As usual, stone suppliers from Italy and around the world relied on the Marmomacc fair to showcase some of the latest stone materials to the international marketplace. The following is a look at just some of the stone materials on display in Verona.

Stone World Magazine

Stone World July 2014 cover

July 2014

Check out the latest issue of Stone World, which includes a review of the 2014 Coverings conference.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD Summer 2014 cover

2014 Summer

Check out articles about the Windy Creek Casino renovation,the El Alear Condominium complex in San Pedro Garza Garcia, and a Coverings product review.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

STONE STANDARD

Are you aware of the new stone standard – ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How_To_Polish_&_Restore_Mar.gif
How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Stone Guide

2014 Stone World Stone Guide

The directory for Stone, Equipment and Supplies - the single information resource readers turn to.

Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out stoneindustryeducation.com to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook logo Twitter  YouTubeGoogle+