I can collect all the photos I want on Pinterest, but it isn't until I sketch that I am able to pull all the details from the inspiration I've collected into a cohesive thought. For the design development process, this is my favorite part. I'll sketch throughout the project to understand how elements or colors will fit together.
I want to take our current building in downtown Greensboro and turn the bottom half into a a restaurant + market that has one half that functions like a typical restaurant/cafe and another half that offers bakery items like loaves of artisan made bread and birthday cakes. Customers can come here in the morning for a quick cup of coffee, in the afternoon for a light lunch, and in the evening for a curated dinner experience or glass of wine at the bar. I will name this restaurant "LOCK + KEY" to pay homage tothe business that has been in the space for the last 30 years (Dixie Lock + Key) but it will also stand for the fact that the restaurant will be open all day (references the open and closing with a key). I want to create the perfect "date night" space essentially - with a beautiful well-thought out interior. The restaurant has to have a variety of price points and offerings so that customers of all socio-economic standings can feel that they are welcome. For example, college students can grab a coffee and croissant and study there while in the evening a couple in their mid-thirties can grab dinner there before heading to the brewery across the street. A small private dining room offers the perfect spot for a children's birthday and tea party.
Let's move backwards a bit: this is the concept haiku I developed last week. The image was taken in the existing space and I love the colors, depth and the significance of "keys." When my husband and I were in Paris recently, he found an antique key. This wasn't any key, it was HUGE. Obviously used on a very large gate or entrance door. Chris was amazed by it and suddenly had to have it. I asked him what he loved about it and he said that he just couldn't help but wonder where it had been, who held it, and what it kept safe. Because the building we are designing for has had a key place in it for decades, I really want to be thinking about the qualities of a key as I work on my design.
- Unique - Keep things safe - Last a long time - Metallic - Patina - Open up something - Are significant - You touch and hold them close - Can be collected - Sometimes their use is forgotten
I'll leave you with my current design board for LOCK + KEY.