The challenge on this project was to add a completely new product scope to an existing local food brand. The team also had to keep in mind the playful nature of Lloyd coupled with the street food on the edge philosophy. It was also important to the clients to highlight the fresh sources of ingredients and the “cow to cone” standards established in the quality of and sourcing practices for the ingredients used. Further driving the concept was the small foot print and the need to maximize seating while creating a productive client line flow for bot ice cream and coffee bar customers.
Candice began by finding every opportunity to customize pre-approved design options, using colors and patterns to put a local, unique touch on interior and exterior spaces. Designs needed to incorporate already-purchased furniture from the pre-existing design standards and associated color palette. Merging two design concepts was a challenge, but Candice’s innovative thinking married the two cohesively, with the goal of creating an upscale presence that would offer longevity and timelessness. Guest rooms were largely untouched from Hyatt corporate style standards, but Candice implemented a rich, custom carpet feel and aesthetic in the hallways, and updated bathroom finishes in all guest rooms. In the lobby, her “modern transitional” concept married organic, natural textures with mission-style design elements, as a nod to Buffalo’s artisan and architectural heritage. Photos of Buffalo also helped to localize the aesthetic. Custom design touches wove the design story elsewhere on the property, from the exterior lounge area to the serene tile work in the pool and hot tub.
The result was the repeated use of the barn outline - a nod to the truck outline used in the restaurant as a ghost of what once was. The barn is where the cream starts. It can be seen in the metal sculptured outline extending above the front counter, the wall cubby freezer space and the graphics on the entry wall.
“I had the privilege of working with Candice as part of an architecture-interior design team for three years. During that time, I learned Candice has exceptional talent and passion for interpreting client’s hopes, expectations and functional needs. Her creative solutions always achieve both appropriateness and clearly enviably designs. She taught me much about high-quality, current styles and products, and how they can be melded into one very comfortable yet inspirational environment for living, working and entertaining. I look forward to seeing and experiencing more of Candice’s creative design work!”
––Michael J. Chadwick, AIA, Islako Development Corp, Director of Architecture