4 Delicious Design Elements in Some of Dallas' Favorite Restaurants

Holly Haber, Valerie Jarvie, Elaine Raffel, Kristie Ramirez, Rhonda Reinhart & Rosie Roberson | August 12, 2019 | Food & Drink

A truly epic dining experience needs to incorporate all the senses. Here’s how local restaurateurs are turning to Dallas artists and designers to up the ambiance quotient.


Ben Lewis
More than 500 Patrón bottles hanging from the ceiling comprise Ben Lewis’ ultracool functioning sculpture for the Coeval Studio-designed private tequila lounge upstairs at El Bolero Cocina Mexicana (elbolero.argconcepts.com) on Fitzhugh Avenue.


Marcello Andres Ceramics
Local ceramic artist Marcello Andres (marcelloandres.com) considered every aspect of the restaurant while collaborating with Beverley’s (beverleysdallas.com) owner Greg Katz on the bistro’s custom tableware. The result? Handmade white ceramic dishes accented in black that provide a tactile, timeless element.


Built by Bender
Kent and Tracy Rathbun had a vision for Imoto’s (imotodallas.com) decor: a flock of flying origami cranes. Built by Bender (builtbybender.‌com) rose to the challenge with an installation that has the birds suspended by low voltage wires powering LED bar lights that hang directly below.


Niven Morgan
To ensure visits to the loo are as pleasant as possible, establishments all over Dallas—including Café Pacific, Bullion, Parigi, Ocean Prime, Homewood and The Joule—turn to fragrance designer Niven Morgan (nivenmorgan.com) for his signature-scented soaps, lotions and candles.


Photography by: EL BOLERO PHOTO BY josh abel; MARCELLO ANDRES PHOTO COURTESY OF marcello andres ceramics; BUILT BY BENDER PHOTO BY Chelsea Delzell; NIVEN MORGAN PHOTO courtesy of niven morgan