Water & Wall [Photos: R. Lopez]
Water & Wall's name comes from an intersection of two streets in New York City, and that's something that design firm Studio Ideya took seriously when working on the restaurant. According to Water & Wall chef/owner Tim Ma, his designer took a trip to New York and stood at the intersection in order to find inspiration for the Arlington restaurant's design. Ma happened to come across the firm's Sucha Khamsuwan on the first day of business of his first restaurant, Maple Ave. "He's a Thai guy who mostly does Thai restaurants. He was leaving his job and starting his own design company, so we just had that connection," said Ma.
The designer also took the restaurant's name literally, and used the ideas of water and walls within the layout. That translated into vertical lines and hard surfaces throughout the restaurant. Water & Wall opened for business over the weekend; stay tuned for an interview with Ma about the first few days of business.