What Happens When was a temporary restaurant installation that transformed every 30 days in a reclaimed space in New York City.
The project was a creative collaboration between chef John Fraser, Brand/graphic designer Emilie Baltz and Metrics principal Elle Kunnos de Voss.
Working on a shoestring budget we wanted to create a space that had an immediate impact, communicated the concept of change and was feasible within the limited time frame we were given. Our overall concept for the space is a 'work in progress' transparency into the design process as the architectural drawings are mapped out onto the dining room surfaces in 1:1, with each Movement change red lined to manifest the process and record the transformations.
The spatial concept for the First Movement is a monochromatic landscape of deconstructed volumes and fixtures, using a paired down aesthetic. White lines define volumes within the space, describing archetypal house and ladder shapes in a distorted perspective.
The deconstructed chandeliers take their cue from a classic chandelier with cut cardboard prisms and large globe light bulbs.
Soundscape by Composer Micah Silver