Utah Style and Design

X Marks the Spot: Taking Restaurant Interior Design to the Next Level

April 12, 2017

The menu at Table X isn’t the only thing showcasing imagination, creative talent and quality ingredients. The Salt Lake City restaurant’s interior is equally impressive.

Table X’s food is getting rave reviews, but the décor is equally delicious. From the old building’s original barrel-vaulted ceiling and birch floors to the daring interior conceived and created by designer Andrea Beecher and pros from Parallel Lines, the restaurant is one of the most stylish in Salt Lake. “We are very detail-oriented in our food and approach to service, and it was natural for us to want to be just as meticulous with the design and the message that we were sending,” says Nick Fahs, one of three chef/owners. That message: Be prepared for delightful surprises, from what’s served on the plate to the décor that surrounds it. Decorative treatments range from understated to surprising. “Sometimes our food can be humorous and interactive,” Fahs says.”You can see some subtle elements of humor and interaction in the design too.” We asked Beecher about these and her inspiration, fave feature and the importance of details.

My design inspiration was a summer trip I took to Iceland. The dark basalt landscape brightened with colorful wildflowers inspired the restaurant’s backdrop of black, gray and white on which the food is like the foliage and flowers-—the art in the space. We didn’t want the environment to distract from the fresh, vibrant food.

My favorite feature is the veil, a brass cage that masks the kitchen lights. Suspended from the ceiling, it’s steel grid backed by steel mesh finished to to look like bright burnished brass against the black wall.

The large space works because we broke it up but kept it open. Curtains create a front vestibule that open into the big reveal. Three 8-foot-tall, tufted booths create intimate settings on one side of the room while banquettes on the other side hug the tables in the middle. The kitchen sits in the center of the room so patrons on all sides can interact with the chefs and watch them work.

Details should be a seamless experience from the largest to the smallest elements, like our 75-foot-long wall mural referencing rock formations, down to dishes handmade by local artisan Clark Marshal. This ensures a design’s integrity.

Don’t miss the back dining room. It has a 16-foot custom communal table, views overlooking a working garden and two large murals by David Lecheminant. 

You’ll be surprised by the opening between the restrooms’ shared, stone wash basin. It’s a little salacious, a little sexy.

Table X, tablexrestaurant.com

Andrea Beecher,
andreabeecherdesign.com

See more inside the Spring 2017 issue.

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