The Johnson Studio understands the dynamic relationship between food and place- the emotional connection between what we eat and where we eat it. For over 25 years, The Johnson Studio has brought this philosophy to their work, across the country, in over 500 projects; each one unique, each one a stage setting for a lifetime of memorable experiences. We bring you some of their most staggering projects, that are able to turn a meal into an extraordinary event.


Cibo Matto, THE WIT HOTEL in Chicago, Illinois

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Located on the 2nd floor of a new specialty hotel in downtown Chicago, this upscale Italian restaurant fit-out takes its inspiration from the cuisine. Cibo Matto’s design is both Italian and rustically modern combining old world finishes of mahogany leather and bleached cherry with beautiful polished chrome details and plenty of unexpected twists such as the thirty foot oval ceiling fresco … a tongue-in-cheek play on the Renaissance art form.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Boston, Massachusetts

Guests immediately experience several striking features including a soaring two-story wood and glass wine room at the entry, a spacious bar/lounge featuring custom curved glass over-bars and impeccable waterfront views for dining or cocktails. The main dining room features a cork ceiling, unique lighting fixtures, and a warm gray and rust color palette, all providing the perfect atmosphere for a unique special occasion or business dinner. This was all new construction in a South Boston waterfront development.

Fearing’s THE RITZ-CARLTON – Dallas, Texas

For those who like variety, Fearing’s provides four distinct indoor dining experiences. The dark paneled lounge features the mesquite wood Rattlesnake Bar with its leather-wrapped bar rail offset by a cast bronze rattlesnake head and tail. This lively bar contrasts the formal ambiance of The Gallery dining room where custom artwork framed in glowing onyx highlights the white paneling, hardwood floors, and 10 foot long crystal chandeliers. The casual dining experience of Dean’s Kitchen features a stunning expo kitchen with custom copper hood, willow art glass screen and settee style seating.

The Royce, THE LANGHAM HOTEL – Pasadena, California

An exceptional discovery in the iconic Langham Pasadena Hotel, this restaurant, with juxtaposed traditional and modern elements, blends classic design with Southern California flair. The crystalline Chef’s Table room is the interior focal point; while the Langham’s beautiful garden setting is featured from the expanded Veranda room. This project was a renovation and expansion of an existing dining room and makes use of many pre-existing elements that have been re-worked into a new life.

Manzanita, THE RITZ-CARLTON – Lake Tahoe

A warm color palette combined with textured, natural materials creates a luxurious dining environment inspired by the surrounding mountain resort of Lake Tahoe. Highlights include an exposed bark edge wood slat ceiling farmed from locally grown and replenished trees, a stainless steel soffit punctuated with glowing manzanita trees and a reclaimed tree slab chef’s table providing an intimate and personal dining experience at the expo kitchen.


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