The eclectic interior of this restaurant is the perfect compliment to the client’s punk rock meets Zen approach to food and life.

The design team was handed the interior of an existing restaurant and tasked with retrofitting it to meet the owner’s design brief. Reminiscent of the walls of a well-loved music venue, the entirety of the vestibule is pasted with a collage of punk band posters and pages taken from  graphic novels. Fuchsia neon makes the vestibule walls glow, setting off the stark black and white of the imagery.

In the main dining room, a life sized photo of a mid-concert Iggy Pop covers a series of panels and is illuminated with that same wash of fuschia. The glowing divider creates privacy as well as a uniquely cool backdrop to enjoy dinner and a cocktail. Not to outdone by the punk influence, elements of Zen philosophy are laced throughout the space, apparent in prominent messaging moments. For example, the design team inherited an existing tile wall that was painted in alternating black and white stripes and branded with hand painted Kanji symbols. The resulting space is a true case study in embracing both the light and the dark, the punk and the philosophical.


Detroit, Michigan




John D'Angelo

  • Interior Design
  • Furniture Specification
  • Brand & Identity Development
  • Furniture Procurement
  • Art & Styling
Project Team
  • Jennifer Bueso
  • Katelyn McCoy
  • Patrick Thompson
  • Mary Eskin