Chef Paul Virant is one of the leading lights of Chicago’s Farm-to-Table movement. 555 International, the designers of his new restaurant, Perennial Virant, created an interior that balances modern lines with rustic touches to create an “urban garden” atmosphere.
A tufted banquet backs up to large, dark-stained wooden open shelves displaying carefully arranged rows of Virant’s signature pickled vegetables in mason jars. Mason jars appear again as light diffusers in a chandelier.
Another wall is lined with crackled glass, evoking in an abstract form, the charming pocks of an antique mirror. Live plants brighten the room, which is painted and upholstered in neutral tones.
After their success designing Stephanie Izzard’s Girl & the Goat, 555 International is becoming known for interpreting the philosophy and food of Chicago’s chefs without stooping to overly themed environments. It’s a recipe for memorable design to compliment the meal.