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5 Iconic Restaurant and Hotel Designs from a Master

If you've been to some of the world's most famous restaurants, you've seen the work of legendary restaurant designer Adam Tihany. 

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Restaurant Intel

The New Hot Dining Chair

The Minimalist New Hot Chair in Restaurants

The hottest dining chairs are rectilinear. Here, the wooden chairs that are showing up the country's top restaurants.

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Expert Travel Guide

L.A. Neighborhood Guide: A Design Expert's Top Arts District Spots

Los Angeles Style Source

Interior designer Kristan Cunningham shares her favorite places to shop and eat in L.A.'s Arts District.

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Kitchen Design

Jose Garces's Farmhouse Kitchen

Jose Garces's Farmhouse Kitchen

Jose Garces is such an overachiever (with 17 restaurants and
counting) that he turned his country retreat into a hard-working farm and the worn-out kitchen there into a design showpiece.

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F&W Design Council

Jung Lee: Buffet Tastemaker

Seating charts become artwork at a Jung Lee-designed Fête party.

Event designer Jung Lee is legendary for over-the-top touches. But despite her extravagant style, her approach to designing a buffet is super-practical. Read more >

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F&W Design Council

Cathy Waterman's Precious Metals at the Table

Cathy Waterman Tableware

Like her jewelry, Cathy Waterman's tabletop designs are inspired by nature. The collection, which she has been working on for two years, is available at Barneys. Read more >

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F&W Design Council

Cathy Waterman's Incredible Multitasking Kitchen

Cathy Waterman's Incredible Multitasking Kitchen

Cathy Waterman, a jewelry designer, creates an ideal space for giving cooking classes, displaying art and hanging with her family. Read more >

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F&W Design Council

Owning a Brooklyn Design Shop

Brooklyn Design Shop Collyer’s Mansion

With its tree-lined streets and rows of Victorian mansions, Ditmas Park feels more like a small town than a neighborhood in the middle of Brooklyn, which made it the perfect location for the husband-and-wife team of Benjamin Heemskerk and Mauri Weakley to open their first store, Collyer’s Mansion. The couple leveraged her background in merchandising and his small-business experience to create a store offering a beautifully curated collection of antique finds, artisan goods and flea market curiosities. Here, they discuss their venture. Read more >

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Kitchen Design Tips

An Ultra-Practical, Bistro-Style Kitchen

A blogger's bistro-style kitchen.

At just 170 square feet, this St. Paul kitchen proves a space doesn't have to be enormous to be enviable—or functional. Food blogger and Francophile Eileen Troxel transformed her formerly dark, drafty kitchen without making it any bigger. She simply rearranged the layout, increasing her counter space from less than two feet to nearly 20 feet. Now she has plenty of room to cook and photograph dishes for Passions to Pastry, her blog on livingtastefully.weebly.com. Frequent trips to France inspired the creamy color palette and Old World materials, like statuary marble, which she used for the countertops and shelves. She left the shelves open to show off her collection of French porcelain and copper cookware. "I use all of those pieces a lot, so the pot hooks and open shelves are perfect," she says. Troxel entertains often and is looking forward to cooking for a big group on Thanksgiving. "Now there's room for everyone to be in the kitchen with me," she says.

How to Create the Look

1. Marble Shelves The five-foot-long shelves are made from the same statuary marble as the counters. The ornate wrought-iron shelf supports are by Rachiele. $120 each; rachiele.com

2. Tiles To add texture to the neutral color palette, Troxel installed easy-to-find, 3-by-6-inch Carrera marble tiles in a herringbone pattern on the walls.

3. Island The custom stainless steel table is 30 inches high, "the perfect height for me to roll and knead dough," she says, while the six-inch butcher block is just right for chopping.

4. Storage Troxel used to keep potatoes and onions in baskets on the floor. Now they are tucked away on tracks inside one of the cabinets.

5. Cabinets "I've admired this color scheme for years in magazines," says Troxel, who used Coastal Fog by Benjamin Moore to paint her custom-made Shaker-style cabinetry. rustynailwoodcraft.com

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Midwest Revival

Heartland Handmade: Beautiful Furniture and Accessories Made in the Midwest

Midwestern Design Shops

Chefs aren't the only talents finding inspiration in the Midwest. Here, artisans to watch from a fourth-generation carpenter to a custom furniture designer who prizes salvaged materials.

Michigan: Milled
Matt Voight, a fourth-generation carpenter in Traverse City, crafts rustic-meets-modern furniture. He makes this Carlson credenza with a combination of woods, including pine and reclaimed Douglas fir. $2,500; milledco.com

Minnesota: The Foundry
This year-old Minneapolis housewares shop carries designs from local artisans, like handmade ceramics by Ginny Sims, beeswax candles and carved wooden utensils. From $1.50; thefoundryhomegoods.com

Wisconsin: Misewell
Milwaukee brothers Vincent and Paul Georgeson design timeless pieces with clean lines, like the Sixagon stool ($350), made from recycled steel, and the walnut-and-steel Grain table ($1,775). misewell.com

Ohio: A Piece of Cleveland
Chris Kious salvages wood to make gorgeous wall panels and custom furniture. He used oak and pine from the 1920s to build the wall and ceiling at Pura Vida restaurant in downtown Cleveland. apieceofcleveland.com

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