Recording artist and owner of Little Pine restaurant, Moby, sat down to discuss the vision he had for his vegan restaurant, a vision for both beauty and comfort.
He expressed his annoyance with some designers and architects in an interview with CLADmag. “I have an issue with architects and designers who think about how is the space going to look when it’s on an architecture website, rather than how it’s going to feel for the people who either live there, work there or patronize it.”
While looking at the photos from the unique interior of Little Pine you see that his goal of “simple and unpretentious mid-century Scandinavian ski house” was realized! It has a country rustic yet Manhattan-ish upscale vibe making you feel like you are in a coffee house from one of your favorite hit T.V. shows.
“It has a country rustic yet Manhattan-ish upscale vibe making you feel like you are in a coffee house from one of your favorite hit T.V. shows.”
He went on to talk about a beautiful hotel that he had once stayed in, “I had a couple of nights in Madrid staying in a hotel room that Zaha Hadid Architects had designed. It looked amazing, but was the least comfortable space I’ve ever inhabited. There was nothing soft in there. Everything was moulded plastic, which photographed nicely but wasn’t designed for humans. Literally sleeping in a dumpster would have been more comfortable.” This experience helped him know what he wanted to do with his own business endeavors.
While designing the Los Angeles based restaurant he worked with the California local architects from Studio Husto, and it is plain to see that they meshed very well together.
Moby says (Little Pine is) “nice but very, very basic materials”. It is clear that he does truly feel comfort is one of the most important elements of any space. He went on to say “Humans like certain basic things. We like light and we like comfort and we like safety. And I think a lot of good design can be really compelling as design, but also meet the sort of basic needs of the people who are inhabiting the space.”
It is refreshing to know that when thinking about his cliental he thinks this thought “The criteria by which design should be judged is ‘does it make people happy?’ You have to consider their practical and emotional needs.”
Another important thing to keep in mind about this cool joint is that all of the profits are donated to animal welfare organizations, which will not come as a surprise to fans of Moby, for he is proudly known as an active voice for animal rights.