ISSUE 12  |  Color Coded

An iHop on Acid

March 21, 2012 9:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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A defunct iHop in Culver City gets a new lease of life as a Korean-fusion restaurant, courtesy of LA designer Sean Knibb.

When Knibb was enlisted to turn an iconic IHOP A-frame into a Korean-inspired restaurant, he embraced the form, exposing the Douglas fir ceiling and covering the walls in knotty pine. The Jamaican-born designer is no stranger to color, and in this project he uses it to great effect: think Tyrolean-summer-hut-on-acid (in a good way). Knibb used blocks of yellow and red on the doors and subtle accentuating stripes throughout the design. The outdoor concrete patio features one of Knibb's signature sustainable Modular Gardens, with a low-maintenance urban meadow planted with native and ornamental grasses.

For more information, go to A-Frame.

Above: A red-painted door leads from the restaurant to the patio; subtle stripes add a decorative note to the gray pillars.

Above: Concrete benches provide seating around the perimeter of the interior; the tables were designed by Knibb and paired with Prouve chairs.

Above: Knibb covered the interior walls in stripped knotty pine paneling.

Above: The large white pendant shades are made from girls' petticoats.

Above: A trellis painted neon yellow.

Above: A concrete fire pit is surrounded by custom concrete stools with rope handles.

Above: The main entrance is announced via a bright yellow door.

Photography by Sarah Lonsdale for Remodelista and via A-Frame.