The award winning Chambar restaurant, located in the Crosstown area of Vancouver, was poised for a change of scenery after ten years in its start-up location - and ended up only moving two doors over, into the new ground-level space at 568 Beatty Street. With double the floor area over two floors, a new outdoor patio, and a larger kitchen, the challenge was to transfer the soul of this popular hotspot into the new shell space. The design goal was to recapture their philosophy to create a restaurant “with exquisite cuisine, exceptional service, and a room that glows – an unpretentious fling with fine dining.”
With exquisite cuisine, exceptional service, and a room that glows.
The bones of this building were sympathetic to the design direction which became the backdrop to the furniture, lighting and finishes. Chambar co-owner and designer Karri Schuermans artfully looked for opportunities to blend and augment the warmth of the existing building, and alternately, contrast with key elements. You can see the special moments expressed in the Moroccan inspired tile floor pattern at the entrance, the dusk coloured Venetian plaster bar feature ceiling, and the episodic use of the Bocci lights by Omer Arbel. The results find the elusive blend between classy intimate dining and civilized debauchery which have proven ever more popular amongst Vancouver’s burgeoning array of restaurants.