after stuffing my face on thanksgiving, i'm finally able to think about eating a big ole' meal again; and i'd like that feast to be at trattoria italian kitchen in vancouver. designed by the magicians at box interior design, trattoria italian kitchen is a tribute to abstract italy. the 3,500 square foot space previously housed a restaurant that had seen better days. the redesign involved some major demolition. however, by keeping the bar and kitchen in their original locations they were able to cut costs by not relocating the plumbing and mechanical systems.
the designers at box wanted to provide an italian character, without resorting to typical cliche design elements. this is especially evident in their choice of wall art. inspired by designer piero fornasetti, the walls feature deconstructed, evocative classic italian images. nothing says abstract italy like a transformed version of the birth of venus by sandro botticelli. the entire space truly captures the romanticized idea of an italian kitchen; with spot on color choices (hello tomato red), an open floor plan, and mass quantities of wine, the restaurant is warm, casual, inviting, and joyous in spirit, just like a little italian grandmother.
i'd especially like to thank h. jay brooks, principal at box interior design for sending me photos and stories about this vancouver, bc transformation!