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August 01, 2009

Interior Design - db Bistro Moderne Vancouver and Lumiere

Vancouver, BC – The design firm of Janson Goldstein was commissioned to create the interiors for both Lumière and the new adjacent DB Bistro Moderne. The firm recently made its mark in Vancouver with their work on the city’s Holt Renfrew department store.


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Janson Goldstein has adapted the DB Bistro Moderne experience - a contemporary spin on classic French bistro dining - to its new Vancouver setting, a city that marries sophistication with a relaxed, West Coast outdoors vibe. A palette of rusticated metals, woven leathers, textured glass, and rough-hewn natural stone creates a quiet sense of refinement. Materials throughout feature rich patinas-zinc, distressed oak - that give the architecture an earthy, handcrafted quality.


The restaurant is divided into a series of free flowing spaces. Visitors enter a breezy bar area grounded in travertine planks arrayed in a herringbone pattern. Before dining, guests can enjoy a drink at the zinc-topped bar, edged with a geometric detail reminiscent of classic egg-and-dart molding. Beyond a partition of saw tooth-textured bronze-tinted glass lies the loft-like main dining area. The latter seats 64 at walnut tables and distressed-oak side chairs and banquettes backed in copper-colored woven leather. Creating a design continuity, the textured glass treatment is repeated here above the banquettes and in wall niches, A second bar is bracketed by padded eel skin panels, tinted a deep and striking oxblood red - the décor’s primary accent color.


At the rear of the space is a 16-person private dining room. It is contiguous to the main dining area, but can be glassed off for private events. Bracketing the room are floor-to-ceiling wine racks crafted from oil-quenched stainless steel; one wall features open shelving, the other is closed behind glass and refrigerated. A dramatic touch, the room’s rear wall is surfaced in rich brown and red leather panels installed in a running-bond pattern.


DB Bistro Moderne serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch - a schedule demanding a flexible design that evolves from morning to night. Janson Goldstein met this challenge via a nuanced décor ripe with subtle embellishments and by artfully exploiting natural and artificial light conditions. Street front windows are curtained in straight-hung woven-linen drapes that alternately screen or capture sunlight. A series of custom-poured hand-crafted glass pendants, based on a 1960s Italian design, illuminate the bar area. The main dining room is lit by fixtures that read like a series of dashes across the ceiling - actually rolled-steel channels that wrap around tubular incandescent bulbs.



Janson Goldstein's concept for Lumière brings this beloved Vancouver destination into its second decade with a fresh, modern appeal. The new look is in keeping with the emphasis on local, seasonal cuisine pre-sented in a sophisticated, contemporary style. The décor places the restaurant’s aesthetic squarely in the present while preserving the inherent charm and personality for which it has been so beloved. The 45-seat

jewel box of a space, which serves dinner only, offers the comfort of a private residence with an intimacy of scale and attention to surface details.


Just inside the entrance, diners are greeted by a grouping of suspended Venini glass globes in a number of colors and patterns. To the right is a small bar backed in Zebrawood and lit by individual crystal pendants. A similar cluster of luminous crystal pinpoints brings a warm glow to the main dining area. Here, walls of bronze-tinted glass, backed with illuminated curtains, are hung with contemporary artworks by local talents. Guests enjoy tasting menus from the comfort of banquettes covered in coppery crushed velvet and tables tailored in crisp white linens set with Limoges porcelain by Bernardaud an silver by Christofle. The space is anchored by a leaf-patterned custom carpet woven with hints of metallic and silk threads, giving it a subtle sheen and discreet glamour.


Interior photos available upon request.


About Janson Goldstein

Janson Goldstein has masterminded the architectural identity of a roster of luxury tastemakers - from Salvatore Ferragamo and Frette to TSE Cashmere and Saks Fifth Avenue - seeking inventive, image-conscious designs that marry sublime formal clarity with savvy branding. Based in New York City, the full-service design firm is led by partners Mark Janson, Hal Goldstein, and Steven Scuro, who bring obsessive detailing, an experimental approach to materiality, and business acumen to every project. Commissions include the design and branding of the Andaz West Hollywood for Global Hyatt Corporation; retail concepts for Giorgio Armani as well as the countrywide rollout of boutiques for Emporio Armani, A/X Armani Exchange, and Armani Casa; Ferragamo’s Fifth Avenue flagship; luxury spa suites at New York’s flagship W Hotel; and the Kohler Co. flag- ship showroom at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. The Vancouver dining establishments for chef Daniel Boulud mark the firm’s first restaurant projects. For more information, visit



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db Bistro Moderne and Lumière Restaurant, Vancouver, BC French Restaurants. Daniel Boulud's first foray into Canada has easily won the affection of Vancouver's food cognoscenti with its sleek metropolitan look and assured cuisine. With world-class food, a stylish décor, and an energetic atmosphere, db Bistro Moderne is perfect for casual dining in Vancouver, BC. Lumière's beautiful, newly renovated room with its intimate scale and plush, voluptuous proportions, reintroduces Vancouver to one of its best-loved culinary destinations. At Lumière, the world stands still as extraordinary service and sublime cuisine promise guests the culinary trip of a lifetime - each and every time.