Last week our cousins over at Eater DC updated their Brunch Heatmap and mentioned the latest Founding Farmers restaurant to open their doors. Since it was designed by CORE architect + design, the same people responsible for the Fellini-esque Black Jack and Pearl Dive, we couldn't help but wonder how they turned an empty shell into a source for locally-grown food. Turns out they used as many local construction materials as possible. We have a list of some of the design decisions, plus a gallery of before shots to compare to pictures of the grand finale (above) that were taken last week.
Founding Farmers Potomac, Design Decisions:
· The wallcovering in the restrooms are by Designtex. The images are printed
on a substrate made up of recycled material.
· The chairs are custom-made by a small shop in Ohio called Objeti. The wood
used was all sourced locally.
· The large communal tables were done by Dunbar, a shop in North Carolina, and
wood was sourced locally as well.
· The flooring in the kitchen is by Oscoda Products and is made up of 100%
· Counter tops in the restrooms are made of Paperstone which is a material
made of 100% recycled paper.
· The large mural was printed on a substrate that contains rapidly renewable
content. The image is by a New York based artist that teamed with Maharam,
the manufacturer, to help create unique digital projects. This piece
resembles the American heartland.
· The host stand and bar front is made of reclaimed shoe shipping boxes.
· The stone top at the pastry station is soapstone salvaged from an old building on the University of Maryland campus.