Vintage meets eco-conscious in the designs of some of the best (and best-looking) new restaurants around the country. Tables are made from reclaimed old-growth wood, for instance, or lighting fixtures are salvaged from a landmark hotel. For many designers, the goal is to create a space that feels personal and one-of-a-kind. “I like the sense of authenticity that reclaimed and vintage pieces provide,” says Shawn Hausman, who filled Butcher and Singer in Philadelphia with everything from armchairs from a 1960s cruise ship to white resin floor lamps from Miami Beach’s neo-baroque Eden Roc hotel. Here, four designers share their favorite vintage and salvage sources.
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Vinegar Hill House • Brooklyn, New York
Co-owner and designer Sam Buffa was inspired by the neighborhood’s industrial heyday in the 1800s.
Chair Up Retro-looking bentwood chairs ($125; chairup.com).