Husband and wife design duo Jon and Maša Kleinhample drew on dinner parties held in their Belgium home to create the homey aesthetic of this restaurant in Los Angeles.
Auburn is a fine-dining restaurant located on Melrose Avenue, in a space that has been home to a number of famed eateries, including Michel Richard’s Citrus.
Chef Eric Bost enlisted local architect Oonagh Ryan to reconfigure the space and the Kleinhamples, who run local studio Klein Agency, to oversee the interior design.
The 105-seat eatery is intended to provide the experience of eating at home, drawing on the numerous dinner parties that the Kleinhample’s held at their house in Belgium.
“Klein applied the perspective they acquired from past dinner clubs they hosted in their Antwerp studio and amplified it on a larger scale with Auburn, resulting in an intimate setting reminiscent of a well-appointed residence,” said the restaurant in statement.
The kitchen remains open to the dining area so that chefs at work provide the focal point for diners. Adding to this aesthetic is a neutral palette comprising roughly painted, muted walls, which aim to be “equally calming and energetic.”
Photo credits: Nicole Franzen