Digging This Old School, Fitzgeraldy Foursome Of Deuces In Singapore

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Restaurant Porn is a regular column of daydreams presented as a means to introduce Vancouver diners and designers to concepts, looks, and fully-formed ideas that they might draw an inkling of inspiration from. We do our best to pair the foreign rooms with local addresses so as to let everyone in on the daydream.

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(via) These images of Singapore’s beautiful Odette restaurant really stood out for us. The look – all soft pinks and grey velvets (the work of Universal Design Studio) – seduces easily enough, but the immediate attraction wasn’t its calming colour palette or unsubtle elegance (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s vision of heaven?). Rather, it was the centrepiece: four round tables of two arranged around a low-backed X. It’s an old school, 1920/30s cabaret arrangement and a hugely inefficient use of space, which might go far in explaining why it’s so uncommon these days. It exudes a vibe that pops up in period films from time to time, the representative scenes coming complete with cigarette girls, tuxedos and champagne coupes. Don’t get me wrong; I think the rest of the room is gorgeous – especially that hard-edged bar – but I keep coming back to the X. The original design intent may have been to allow for socializing at most and eavesdropping at least, but that’s beside the point, which is this: I can’t think of a similar set up in Vancouver, so I’d really like to see one, preferably attached to a nice hotel downtown. I’d take the food, too.

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