THE FISH MARKET RESTAURANT
Lenox Square - Atlanta
This is the “original’ incarnation of the Fish Market Restaurant which is now located on Pharr Road in Atlanta. This was a project of Penny Goldwasser Interior Design and I worked closely with her on concepting and completing the job.
The Project: To design an up scale sea food restaurant which would be a dining “experience”. The elements involved were: architecture, interiors, graphics and linen and uniform selection. The clients were Pano Karatossos and Paul Albrecht, owners of Pano’s and Paul’s Restaurant which was designed previously by Penny Goldwasser.
From beginning to end, from the front door to the back of the house, this project was full of hands on detail and custom concepts.
To quote from Interior Design Magazine: “The materials, a great melange of them, were selected “with a great sense of fantasy” and an eye toward achieving an “old world attitude.” Most walls are marble, some of it real, some of it a faux finish covering the exterior walls facing the mall. There are English Art Deco and Baccarat sconces; many of the sideboard and serving pieces are old; and the large ceramic shell in the lounge is circa 1890.
The restaurant proper is essentially one large room with the lounge flowing into the dining room. To prevent this large area from being a sea of tables, the designers formed three distinct seating groups. One is under a tin ceiling sector (newly installed, but created from old molds); another is the adjacent banquette sector; the third is placed under a skylight that runs the length of the dining room and lounge on one side. For the sake of unity, the carpeting, tables and chairs remain the same throughout the three areas.”
It was an honor and most important experience for me to be able to work with my friend Penny Goldwasser. I first met Penny and her close friend Spring Asher when I was teaching silk screen classes at The Atlanta College of Art. They were students in the class and our friendship began there. Over the years I have done many applied art and design projects with her and it was indeed, Penny, that made it possible for me to enter and learn the craft of interior design. She and her family have been supportive, tolerent and accepting as long as I have known them. Penny is one of the most creative spirits I have ever known.
Photos by: Martin Helfer
For: Interior Design Magazine
The Atrium Dining Area
The Main Dining Room