“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

Modern Dining: You won’t get stuck on the wrong end of the communal table with this handy list. Illustration by Dan Williams
Roost, a restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina, taps into the local Slow Food community. Atlanta firm Johnson Studio used sustainable and locally sourced materials like limestone and oak in the 252-seat restaurant's design. Movable walls in the bar area open to a lively square where live bands frequently perform.
Eclectic, the new Tom Dixon-designed restaurant in Paris.
Warren Platner designed the American Restaurant in Kansas City in 1974 as part of a complex of modern buildings commissioned by the Hall family of Hallmark Cards. He described the bentwood, brass and lipstick-red interior as “like a huge lace Valentine.”
Bestia, by Studio Unltd and Osvaldo Maiozzi, was one of three winners in the restaurant category.
Last year’s winner in the bar/lounge category was Upstairs @ Ace Hotel, designed by Killefer Flammang Architects and Commune Design.
Bo Nuage, designed by J. Marx Atelier & BASE Planning and Engineering, took top honors in the cafe/bar category.
Inside the restaurant/teahouse. Sticotti designed the wooden tables, stools, and lighting fixtures.
Blenheim Restaurant (New York, NY), designed by CCS Architecture and Morton Sohlberg.
The Ojalá Awareness Club, designed by Jaque, is among the hippest restaurants in the city.
Hinoki and the Bird, another restaurant winner, designed by Studio MAI.
Restaurant Savoy (Helsinki, Finland: 1937)

Talk about high-profile openings: Aalto’s discerning eye was responsible for the iconic look of this Finnish legend, from the birch veneers and club chairs to the iconic Savoy Vases. Fitting for the times, it boasted a state-of-the-art filtration system to pump out cigar smoke.
Restaurant “Sēnīte” 

Architect—Linards Skuja; engineers—Andris Bite, G. Grīnbergs, R. Ozoliņš. Built in 1967 on Vidzeme highway. 

Photo courtesy The Museum of Architecture of Latvia
The Boundary is a colorful affair with accents from the mid-century masters, and its restaurant is meant to inspire as much gastronomical as design lust.
Starlight Lounge — 3175 India St., starlitesandiego.com
All the lighting in the restaurant was custom designed by Roman and Williams. Herves Descottes from L’Observatoire served as lighting designer on the project (who also worked on the firm's interior lighting for The Dutch and Lafayette).
At the age of 78, Massimo Vignelli designed the interiors for Manhattan Italian restaurant SD26 with his wife and partner Lella. Of his first New York City restaurant design, Vignelli said the point was "seduction": "It’s like high heels: It’s not to get higher, it’s to feel more seductive." The Vignellis tapped longtime friend, artist Sheila Hicks, to create fiber art for the interior, which adds an element of tactility to the sleek space.
Leather booths line one wall along Upland's interior; windows look out onto Park Avenue South. The rich material mix continues elsewhere; the bathrooms are outfitted in tile from Design and Direct Source and the stairs sport rubber flooring from Pirelli.
The floors throughout Upland are #1 Common white oak. The antique mirror on the back wall was sourced from Mirror Fair and customized by Roman and Williams with a white oak frame.