The endless dining counter at Saus amplifies the sometimes anonymous experience of the American diner counter and the question of eating in public, alone.
This 2019 design for a 25 seat restaurant holds an expansive yellow countertop that wraps the perimeter of the L-shaped dining space. Serving comfort food late into the night, the orientation of the countertop, along with a series of parallel mirrored surfaces, puts diners in close proximity without direct interaction. Lighting amplifies the countertop as the primary experience of the space and careful attention is paid to acoustics to create a soft and continuous environmental buzz.
Elizabeth Christoforetti, Ningxin Cheng, and Nathan Fash. Lighting by Lam Partners. Photography by Jane Messinger and Rita Tinega. Construction by Supernormal.