Elements Bistro and Grill

Elements Bistro and Grill is a fine dining restaurant that I was a part of from the ground up. A friend of mine, Clint Williams, owned 2 old burned down buildings in downtown Lyons Georgia and always wanted to build a restaurant out of them. I wanted to start an art gallery so we teamed up and made it happen. He fronted resources and I designed it. We started with three brick walls and thats it ... no floors, no ceilings. The place was square and boxy, like most downtown buildings, so I decided to start with curves. The relationship between straight and curved lines quickly became the overall design factor for the project; that is, two similar elements, different in purpose. I started relating that idea to positive and negative space, form, texture, and color. These ideas were not only prevalent in the elements of design but also in the elements of construction ... raw wood and finished wood, rusted metal and painted metal, brick and concrete. The original name of the restaurant was going to be 'the Bloom' but after dealing with the elements of art and craft, we all agreed that the restaurant had to be named 'Elements.'


After deciding on the name, I met with the future owners of the restaurant and started working on the logo. They wanted something curvy and organic, classy but fun. After many designs, we settled on this one because it had what the name says ... elements. The natural shapes of the letters are balanced by the static subtitle. It says 'food' with the utensils and 'fun' with the collage like arrangement. I then worked with a fabrication shop to cut the design out of a piece of metal then I welded the sign together with copper behind the cut out and light illuminating it from the inside. Business cards, menus, flyers and the like soon followed.

Elements shots

It was great working with Clint because he put no bounds on creativity. Whatever I could think of, he knew how to make it happen. If it was impossible, he would come back with another idea and back and forth we would go until the plan was right; not sacrificing art for craft or vise versa.

Elements cieling

We racked our brains trying to think of a creative way to finish the ceiling. I believe it stayed unfinished for a long time while I was trying to decide what to do. One evening I was flipping through a book of Jasper Johns’ art and his hatch mark pieces jumped off the page at me. Jasper became the inspiration being the ceiling.

Below is a sample of the many scribblings that took place during this project. Elements drafts