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1. Designer: Hacin + Associates.
Project: Glass House.
Site: Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Standout: Harking back to the era when glass was manufactured nearby, there’s a nostalgia to the photomurals, which mix with the green tones of a grandmother’s kitchen.
2. Designer: Felderman Keatinge & Associates.
Project: Drago Ristorante.
Site: Los Angeles.
Standout: The stripes of a mural, printed on linen, represent the energy of motion, as befits a location inside the Petersen Automotive Museum by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
3. Designer: DesignAgency.
Project: STK Toronto.
Site: Toronto, Canada.
Standout: Painted reinforced gypsum forms arches that sweep across the ceiling as well as down structural columns clad in porcelain tile that looks like marble.
4. Designer: Masquespacio.
Project: Hikari Yakitori Bar.
Site: Valencia, Spain.
Standout: Re-creating the visual cacophony of Tokyo’s neon signs, acrylic panels sandwiching LED strips mix with traditional Japanese-style lanterns.
5. Designer: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture.
Project: Olio Kensington Street.
Site: Chippendale, Australia.
Standout: The ceiling canopy is painted in a green approximating the shade of extra-virgin olive oil, a key ingredient in the establishment’s Sicilian cuisine.
6. Designer: MariaGroup.
Project: Skirt Beirut.
Standout: Mismatched Danish mid-century chairs bring variety to a pair of identical communal tables topped in cast concrete.