LE STYLE "DINER"
The Art Deco diner, an icon of the American dining scene of the 40's, 50's and even 60's, has always been a delight for me, all shining steel construction and mostly red and black color scheme. It is long gone for the most part, replaced by the coffee shop, its culinary descendant. Its inimitable style is gone with it except for a few relics here and there, kept alive for the vintage quality of the unique architecture and design. I believe that some of the mood can be easily translated into our century if some guidelines are carefully followed.
Manhattan, Salem Massachussetts, Miami Forida
do's and dont's for a successful diner look
1) don't copy a diner textually; less is more. period.
2) do use some authentic items carefully; no diner museum please
3) do translate the look in neutrals and darks; you can add some subtle hues; avoid primary colors for a modern look.
4) do use color parsimoniously; be very selective; again, less is more
clean lines and sleek flooring ( here, terrazzo)
some metal, industrial in feeling
some fabrics to bring in some color and warmth
some wood to soften the industrial feel
metal dining tables , restaurant or mid-century style
to mix with existing modern wood cabinets, if that's the case
sleek metal accessories and neutral or black accents
authentic diner dinnerware
they can be found at antique shows, flea markets, online of course and at Fishs Eddy in Manhattan; some bear the name of a long lost diner, some are adorned with whimsical airbrushed images.
these patterns, from the Syracuse company of the 30's, were ubiquitous in diners and are still used in coffee shops around NYC.
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