Projects: Counter Service
Staff -- Interior Design, 12/1/2011 2:00:00 AM
Winner: Ippolito Fleitz Group
It was in Bavaria, not Austria, in 1955 that Friedrich Jahn named his first chicken restaurant Wienerwald, evoking carefree outings to the Vienna Woods. He went on to open Wienerwalds all over the world before his fortunes changed, and the company went bankrupt. When his children bought it back, they asked Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz to come up with an interior for two Munich locations suitable to serve as the basis for a later rollout. In the meantime, they are targeting the office crowd and families looking for a healthier fast-food experience. Bright white solid-surfacing pervades the 1,350-square-foot interior, from the service counter to tabletops. The next dominant color is the lime green of the updated logo, a mother hen and her three chicks. A trail of them is set into vinyl flooring that mimics rustic pine. Meanwhile, gold-painted chicken legs, anatomically correct down to their claws, support the drum-shape station that holds napkins and utensils.
Merit: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Biblical signage, ethereal pendant fixtures, and constellations of perforations in the acoustical ceiling bring a touch of heaven to a fast-food chain.
Location: New York
This self-serve frozen-yogurt shop features a flavor wall fitted with color-changing LEDs, a Corian toppings counter, and Jetsons-esque banquettes.
Project: Omonia Bakery
Location: Astoria, New York
Like stalactites in a cave of baklava and cannoli, 888 cedar spheres descend from the ceiling on fishing line, interspersed with tubular incandescents.
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