The peach-hued interior of Korean restaurant Haewah Dal sits on one of Long Beach, California’s main drags. The small, sophisticated space, designed by New York firm o-n, uses a series of curved frames that nest like a Russian doll to enclose the eatery’s dining room. These sculpted elements turn what could have been a long, narrow extrusion into a complex space that feels like much more than a street-facing storefront.
“We drew inspiration from irworobongdo, a traditional decorative screen that featured prominently during Korea’s Joseon dynasty,” o-n principal Davis Owen said. “We were intrigued by the efficiency of this type of screen and how it collapses an immense depth of space.”