Great Spa­ces

A green­house ef­fect steers this restau­rant makeover.

Western Living - - CONTENTS - —Lexy Dien

The Fair­mont Pa­cific Rim’s Botanist restau­rant em­braces a green­house-chic look.

The Botanist may be one of the few restau­rants in Van­cou­ver that has cov­ered up a breath­tak­ing water­front view—and on pur­pose. “We’re ac­tu­ally not try­ing to play into the views here, be­cause that’s kind of typ­i­cal; we wanted to make it a lit­tle more in­su­lar,” says Ste. Marie’s Craig Stanghetta, who re­designed the Fair­mont Pa­cific Rim restau­rant this past spring.

Here, the menu is in­flu­enced by the prin­ci­ples of botany—a fancy way of say­ing that lo­cal fare makes its way into each dish and cock­tail—and Stanghetta’s de­sign fol­lows suit. The main din­ing space and out­door ter­race gar­den are filled with plants drap­ing from the ceil­ing, light hues, leather fab­rics and flo­ral pat­terns that flow to­gether, in­spired by the un­du­lat­ing pat­terns in the lime­stone used for the din­ing ta­bles; the cock­tail bar flows from this light space into some­thing darker, with a black mar­ble bar and a glass-en­closed area where a bar­tender cre­ates the sig­na­ture cock­tails—a con­ser­va­tory of sorts. The Cham­pagne lounge (still be­ing re­designed) will take a mix of both spa­ces and in­cor­po­rate heav­ier me­tals into its de­sign, in the hopes of also in­cor­po­rat­ing the down­stairs part of the ho­tel. All in all, a dreamy space in­spired by touches of na­ture where you’ll want to while away an af­ter­noon. “We are fun­da­men­tally in­ter­ested in [cre­at­ing] places where you want to spend time,” Stanghetta says.

Up On High Debi Strike stools ($1,060) stand tall on straight, slim legs. casatrasforma­bile.itPetal Power Tac­chini Kelly Cchairs ($830) are up­hol­stered in flo­ral fab­ric to en­hance the botan­i­cal vibe. in­forminte­ri­ Sleek Stone Cus­tom quartziteCielo ta­bles from An­tolini add an­other layer of or­ganic tex­ture. an­

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