Chef Lincoln Carson collaborated with Arts District-based American-Slovenian duo Jon and Maša Kleinhample of Klein Agency on the design, and Nicole Cannon of NCA Studio on the architecture and project management of Bon Temps. With a simple promise to build honest spaces and objects, the team aimed to create harmony through the tension between warm and cold materials.
Throughout Bon Temps, jitterbugged Aluminum sheet material, cut and formed into waffle structures create a stark contrast when combined with the warmth of reclaimed Douglas Fur lumber and supple cognac leather. The design features a long, curved, 30-foot Carrara Marble bar top anchored by a rational Aluminum waffle structure. The stone itself takes on a softness often found in the surfaces of historic Parisian Brasseries, simultaneously contrasted by the expression of utility through the Aluminum grid. An 8-foot portion of the bar is meticulously tooled to form an undulating top surface that serves as a raw bar by day and night, and through a wooden insert, pastry case by morning – an integral design element for Carson’s all-day concept.
While the design is clean and minimal, the purity of the materials in their most basic state creates an inviting atmosphere. Anything that is superﬂuous has been stripped away, while decoration is discovered in wood grains, marbling of stone and subtle variation in leather hides. The bespoke aluminum grid that repeats throughout the space serves as the embodiment of a spatial ideal, the warmth of human vitality captured by the rational. Fragments of Bon Temps industrial past combine with a contemporary industrial approach to form a rich, spatial collage for the visitor. History is not shed away, rather built upon, in Carson, Klein, and Cannon’s contemporary homage to materiality and function.