l'ouvrier - restaurant visit

Last week I introduced you to artist and designer Courtney Wotherspoon. Today we're going to take a closer look at one of the projects she had a hand in designing - l'ouvrier kitchen/bar. With a little ingenuity and some serious DIY she turned a blank space into a riveting venue. These are projects you could even try out in your home. I think the "detritus baggie" installation would look great in an office. Great inspiration for a Tuesday morning! _MG_7503

L'ouvrier is a lesson in white - specifically high gloss white. Vintage table bases and wood tops were painted in high gloss white paint to create a uniform and clean look.

_MG_7476Of course, every rule needs to be broken so there is one standout fluorescent pink table at the from of the room - a trademark Courtney Wotherspoon colour!

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Throughout the space Wotherspoon made the utilitarian beautiful. Here are a typical black electrical cord becomes captivating wall art.

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On the opposite wall, Wotherspoon installed a series of ziploc bags filled with construction and renovation debris.

_MG_7585ย A detail of the "detritus baggies."

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A casual place to have drinks withe more wall art made from electrical cord by Courtney.

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Wotherspoon also designed the restaurant's logo, menu, gift certificates, and business cards.

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At the back of the restaurant is a solid concrete bar with vintage laboratory stools. On ย the wall, Courtney has installed sticks she has painted in vivid colours.

For more information on l'ouvrier check out my interview with Courtney Wotherspoon.

All photographs by Kristin Sjaarda.