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Romantic Restaurant Design: A Brief History of Canalis

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 15, 2013 01:02 AM
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by Brent Turner last modified Feb 14, 2013

I n the history of romantic restaurants, perhaps no place stands out in the minds of Modern lovers more than Seattle's Canlis. In 1950, Peter Canlis hired architect Roland Terry to realize his vision of building "the world’s most beautiful restaurant." These historic photos tell the love story.  The result was an eclectic mix of modern motifs that, despite a fair share of redesigns over the years, was recently named a Top 100 Romantic Restaurant by the reservations website We love how you can use nail head trim chairs to instantly make dinner in a public space feel like a private admission to someone's personal library. Much of the restaurant's charm was in the sweeping candelabra and one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures. The romantic touch, it seems, has a simple formula: find a modern chandelier and put a candelabra bulb on it. You could call it quirky, funky, left-of-center, but Canalis in its earliest days was a reminder that modern design, at its best, isn't about imitation--it's about being true to one's self. Having said that, here's how we imagine imitating Canalis at home: Possini Corinthian Bronze Twist Multi Chandelier Uttermost Kane Polished Nickel Wall Sconce Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs    We'd like to thank the University of Washington Libraries, from whom these fabulous historic photos were borrowed. Images: University of Washington Libraries






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