Interior Design as a Canvas for Exhibiting Art: Stephan Pyles’ Flora Street Cafe

Interior Design as a Canvas for Exhibiting Art: Stephan Pyles’ Flora Street Cafe

Chef Stephan Pyles’ Flora Street Café, located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, presents a sophisticated 5-star dining experience, where food is theatre and art is the focus of the interior design.

Strolling through the Dallas Arts District, onlookers will notice the many white and clear chandeliers hanging in the large, floor-to-ceiling window. The Lasvit chandeliers are the “ghosts” of the grandiose chandeliers that have hung in traditional opera houses throughout the world. Original chandeliers from La Scala (Milan, Italy), Prague Estates Theatre (Prague, Czech Republic), Bolshoi Theatrelais Garnier (Moscow, Russia), and the Metropolitan Opera (New York City) were outlined and used as templates for the modern chandeliers in Flora Street Café.

The focal piece in the dining room—a massive, colorful “curtain” work of art by U.S. artist Tim Harding—is a playful nod to the ‘flora’ in the restaurant’s name. The commissioned piece is composed of thousands of pieces of cut silk Harding has woven together, and is the largest to date by the artist. The work adds a vibrant backdrop to the space, and is a colorful interpretation of leaves or flora.

Above the bar is the Shylight kinetic sculpture whose beautiful layers of silk gently unfold like a blooming flower. This dynamic piece is the first U.S. installation by Amsterdam’s Studio Drift, and is just one of Chef Pyles’ respectful nods to the Arts District—establishing each space as a gallery for impressive, and often interactive, art.

The open kitchen is the center stage of the dining theatre, where guests throughout the restaurant can watch the supremely talented chefs prepare and plate cuisine.

Senior Vice President and Principal Jim Rimelspach and Art Consultant David Arment sought to create a timeless, comfortable, formal dining experience where the contemporary interior focuses guests’ attention to the curated works of art as well as the open kitchen where they can watch the chefs prepare the artistic entrees.

“The inspiration for the interior design and space planning came from presenting the food as theatre,” said Rimelspach. “We wanted to create a formal, civilized fine-dining experience that was also a subtle play on the Arts District. The sophisticated interior complements the vibrant art chosen for the space as well as Chef Pyles’ eclectic compositions.”

The elegant furnishings and finishes throughout, from the comfortable chairs to the contemporary place settings, establish Flora Street Café as a timeless dining experience that is a canvas for art, both displayed and plated.

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