Restaurant Design

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The James Beard Foundation recently announced its winners for best restaurant design in 2014, and the winner for large restaurants is Shed in Healdsburg, designed by San Francisco-based Jensen Architects

Key to the design's success is how it speaks to Shed's "Eat, Shop, Gather, Learn" ethos, in which the entire food cycle--from growing to preparing and eating--is a shared and sustainable process. This begins with an actual tool shed:

Sustainable Design

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A kitchen shop serves as a resource for aspiring chefs:

Modern Interior

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The dining room is a sustainably built, modern barn. There is a mix of small chairs and bench seating to accommodate gatherings large and small. Implementing this look of mismatched dining seating for your home would be fun and makes for a very functional ding space.

Dining Room Design

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Shed's combination of function and form lends a casual, unaffected warmth to the space. And it's the kind of thing you can do at home, especially if you have a great room floor plan that adjoins living and kitchen spaces. Just hang pendants over seating areas. Add barstools for casual sit-downs. And use a farmhouse table as your centerpiece.

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