Reflecting on the driving force behind Marketplace Asheville, our design aims to present a casual and inviting atmosphere through the authentic use of materials. A craftsman’s hand, an upbeat atmosphere, a sense of community, a nod to Appalachia – all contained within an un-pretentious fine dining experience. Located adjacent to Charlotte’s stunning Romare Bearden Park, the design takes advantage of this by placing the majority of the dining space against the large windows, maximizing the view towards the park. Materials were selected for their authenticity. We wanted to make sure that finishes were not treated as precious objects, never to be touched. We wanted texture in our upholstery, grain in our wood, and weathering of steel. The kitchen itself plays a central role in the guest experience at Haymaker. It is wide open, showcasing the talents of Chef Dissen. Sidewalk pedestrians will catch a glimpse of the action as they walk by, and guests can experience it up close and personal at the chef’s counter facing the kitchen. Unique lighting always features prominently in our work, and we sourced fixtures from across the globe to give Haymaker a truly custom feel. Perforated brass pendants from India, weathered steel pendants from Italy, and soft linen fixtures from England all tie into the central theme of the design: authentic and textural. The bar itself delivers a commanding presence at the front of the restaurant with a convivial u-shape and generous leather barstools that provide a comfortable spot to drink and eat. The blackened steel and antiqued brass backbar shelving provides the necessary storage and display space, while concealing the stairs up to the mezzanine.