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The Mockingbird Bistro (Romance & Style)

Name:

The Mockingbird Bistro

 

Location:

1986 Welch St., Houston, TX 77019

 

Interior Design & Architecture By:

Unknown...who did the interiors?

 

As you step into the front doors of The Mockingbird Bistro, prepare to be swept off your feet. This lovely space exudes romance and style. It will have you feeling a bit like you could be, just maybe, in France. This is a French bistro after all, so the interior design just couldn't be ignored. And it wasn't. From the button tufted and nail-trimmed seating, to the detailed ornamentations on the bar and stair railings, this design gives splendor to every element.

 

 

By: Ivory and Aubergine (Valerie Jones). Visit www.ivoryandaubergine.com

Blue Room, Red Room

 


Name:

The Continental Club

 

Location:

3700 Main St., Houston, TX 77002

 

Interior Design and Architecture by:

Unknown...Who designed the The Continental Club (Houston)? 

 

As I relaxed at a classic Houston club and enjoyed the lively band, the walls beyond the stage began to capture my attention: There is a juxtaposition of two rooms separated by a colorful change in both paint and light that creates an engaging view. A blue room with a blue light is followed by a red room with a red light. This simple (and likely unmindful) design progression has a striking affect. I’m mesmerized. Nothing more than a thick black door frame stands as the jarring transition from one room to the next. Each room is defined by its own rough edges and sooty air, constantly enticing us to enter the other and transform our moods.

 

 

In the red room, a giant black and white Beatles poster is positioned next to an industrial wall sconce with a glaring red bulb. From my seat I can only glimpse the bottom edge of this infamous poster. I see John and Paul peering into the blue room. I sense that they bring patrons flickering memories of their brilliant music. Their black and white faces reside harmoniously with the bright red drywall in this classic color combination.

 

 

My eyes migrate from bulging red to eerie blue in one smooth motion. I am immediately drawn to the whimsical neon light which hangs on the wall over the doorway. Thin tubes of neon are shaped into the head of the mythical god, Mercury. Its styling and glow is reminiscent of a beer advertisement. Alone on a sea of blue drywall, this small fixture takes all of the attention for itself. Perhaps the wall needs no other adornments lest they take away from the nearby performance. The stage is only feet away from this captivating threshold where blue meets red. The music on the stage is raging now. My focus drifts to the band.

 

This club may not be featured upon the pages of a designer magazine, but it can claim the use of a loudly impressive, however simple, use of light and color. This evening reminded me that color and light can play magical tricks on the eyes in even the most rudimentary applications.

 

By: Ivory and Aubergine (Valerie Jones). Visit www.ivoryandaubergine.com

Kata Robata (Beautiful Design. Beautiful Sushi)

 

Name:

Kata Robata

 

Location:

3600 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098 (at the corner of Kirby Dr. and Richmond Avenue).


Interior Design and Architecture by:

Schooley Design

 

Kata Robata is superb. If you are a sushi fan then you absolutely must make this a destination. You'll understand why it tops many a connoisseur’s lists. Though many visit for the food, I wonder if anyone besides me also visits to enjoy the inspiring interior design. If you’ve not taken notice on your previous trips, be sure to peer beyond your plate of delicious sushi the next time you dine with them. Your eyes will discover serenity and cohesiveness all around. This space epitomizes “flow”.


One of the most noticeable design features is the use of vignettes and small gathering spaces that come together to form the larger space. This design method gives a sense of privacy and intimacy in the midst of an otherwise chaotic and crowded dinging room. Changes in ceiling, floor and wall height allow you to immerse yourself into one small area at a time while still feeling connected to the whole room.


Lighting is another alluring element in the space. From natural to artificial, the lights are not to be overlooked. They lend definition to the space as much as the walls. On the far right of the dining room there are two fantastic lighting pieces. One is a custom, suspended light-box designed to compliment and reflect other materials in the space. It fits seamlessly into the architecture as a decorative fixture but also serves a functional purpose: to conceal an HVAC duct. The second lighting feature is a series of circular skylights positioned above a row of tables. This natural light is brilliant in its positioning and subtlety and can be appreciated from many angles in the room.


These features and many more make Kata Robata a beautiful space that should be enjoyed again and again.

 

By: Ivory and Aubergine (Valerie Jones). Visit www.ivoryandaubergine.com

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