Midtown Detroit | 2014
Project Team | Et al. Collaborative (Kristen Smith, Tadd Heidgerken, Elijah Kafer, Fernando Bales)
GC | Samona Construction
Fabrication | BOX Furniture (millwork), Taru Lahti (custom doors)
Engineers/Specialty | MA Engineering (MEP), Darvas Associates (Struct), Millis Associates (FSE)
Portfolio drawings | Nicole Tischler
Photography | Marvin Shaouni & PD Rearick
About this Project
Selden Standard's fresh, understated design is intended to reflect the restaurant’s modern take on a seasonal, rustic-style cuisine. The challenge was to elevate a humble, minimal material palette into a warm and welcoming space.
The exterior facade pairs the original cream-yellow brick with new ironspot brick, cedar siding, and wide wood-frame windows facing the street. As the seasons change, so too does the restaurant’s exterior, with a facade of swinging glass doors behind three massive operable cedar canopies that can either provide a ventilated privacy screen or open completely to the street.
The cedar material continues into the interior of the restaurant, wrapping into the entryway and then transforming into both ceiling element and bar top. The ceiling, along with custom wood and metal shelving elements, define the different dining room spaces. A prominent focal point of the restaurant interior is the open kitchen layout featuring a wood-fired pizza oven and grill – elements which create a hearth-like experience that connects diners to the kitchen.
Large operable doors at the far end of a 14-seat communal table extend the dining area into a large outdoor patio. A wood storage wall – needed for holding the large quantity of firewood which fuels the kitchen – encloses and adds warmth to the patio space.
News + Press
Eater National - The View From Inside Detroit's Sudden, Fevered Restaurant Boom
Boston Globe - Creativity powering Detroit's slow rebound from the rubble
Wall Street Journal - Insider's Guide to Detroit
Thrillist - Best 11 New Restaurants of 2014