Viewport Studio, an award-winning architectural and design firm with offices in London, Singapore, and Los Angeles, is helping to bring confidence to diners and restaurant staff, with the design of a new socially-distanced booth.
The booth, called ‘La Cabina’ has been created in collaboration with Italian sustainable textile experts i-Mesh, lifestyle brand
“We had a very tight deadline as the project was in Italy, and the Italian government was re-opening restaurants & bars at a certain date, so we had to be ready by then. So we knew we had to use Enscape because of its speed.” said Gautier Pelegrin, Director at Viewport Studio.
“One of the challenges with this design was the materials we are using, it had to change from COVID-19 "resistant" to another material later in its life, being a textile that would shade the user from the sun. So, the transparency, blurriness, visibility, and therefore privacy of the users was key in designing. By using Enscape, the instant change in materials helped defined boundary, distances, and shapes.” explained Gautier.
The video was the main actor in our conversation as a back and forth dialogue showing different materials and how the light affected them help the client choose a pattern motif.”
I asked Gautier how Viewport Studio found using Enscape to create a video to help showcase how the booth interacted with the Milan restaurant:
“Very straightforward, no slow down or lag in rendering, a very smooth creation from timing the video to exporting it, mostly because of the ease of positioning the camera”
La Cabina will launch at The Trussardi Alla Scala Restaurant in Milan, Italy in September 2020.