suckerPUNCH: describe your project
brennan BUCK + david FREELAND: Earl’s is an artisanal deli and gourmet market in Los Angeles. For us, it was a test case in how we could use computation less as a fabrication technique than an aesthetic filter to enrich a small space’s everyday use. The restaurant was designed with cutting-edge technology to fit an old-world sensibility inspired by its food. Torquing ceiling surfaces and inscribed digital patterns are combined with a rich material and color palette to evoke both technological refinement and the more rustic feel of alpine landscapes and Viennese cafes.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
bB + dF: Otto Wagner’s Cafes in Vienna, Artisinal Food Culture
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
bB + dF: Hanging out in cafes and bars
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
bB + dF: Pell Overton, Abruzzo Bodziak, Bittertang
photos: © 2010 Lawrence Anderson/Esto