November 30, 2022


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Studio Munge’s Amal Restaurant Brings Lebanon to Miami –

Amal Restaurant Miami

At Amal Miami, lush references to the restaurant’s placing in Coconut Grove intermingle with odes to Lebanese society and delicacies. Studio Munge’s inside is a feast for all the senses, a project that exemplifies the Toronto observe‘s enthusiasm for layering substantial-close resources and finishes to make an immersive room.

The most delightful gesture at Amal Miami are the massive woven baskets – measuring 8 feet across – that type the sensuous pendant lighting over the dining tables. The artisanal bohemian parts, designed bespoke for the restaurant, are a nod to the coconut husks found in the nearby grove. Their deep tones are a counterpoint to the interior’s gentle, however earthy, palette of dusty rose, muted terracotta and pastel hues – curated to conjure the Mediterranean shore. 

a series of terracotta planters bring greenery into the space

In the course of the double-height area, Studio Munge made use of materials to delineate spatial attributes: a band of raked oak wainscotting alongside the white plaster partitions contrasts with the polished concrete flooring. Tall arched portals, lined on the inside with a circle motif, hook up the open kitchen and bar to the main eating room. A white-washed pergola delivers the scale of the ceiling down though also accentuating its loftiness.

Amal Restaurant in Miami, a view of the bar from a couch seating section

On the degree of specifics, crops are entrance and centre: an assortment of handcrafted vases improve the sense of indoors assembly outdoors. The tactile finishes all through feel hand-hewn: the delicate seating with its woven rope accents, the tables with their tambour bases, the floor-lit bar with marble top rated that has a creamy leather complete, the patchwork of rugs underfoot. In the suspended glass cabinets of the bar, built with tubular metal, wooden and glass, there is even a curated screen of earthenware vessels by ceramic artist Ben Medansky.

Interior view of Amal Restaurant Miami

The Miami outpost is the next Amal cafe that Studio Munge has made. (The original, in Toronto, is also owned by INK Enjoyment, whose founder, the nightclub and cafe impresario Charles Khabouth, hails from Lebanon.) Led by Alessandro Munge, the apply has made some of the hospitality sector’s most remarkable interiors – which includes people at Toronto’s Park Hyatt and Bisha Resort (one more Khabouth enterprise) – that includes lavish elements and elevated aspects.

Munge will be talking about his do the job with Azure Editor in Chief Elizabeth Pagliacolo on Azure Trade Chat Day (Friday, September 23) at IDS Vancouver. Tickets are available listed here.