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Lazy Betty by Praxis3

Atlanta's Lazy Betty restaurant pairs industrial details and pops of teal

Teal accents contrast roughly painted brickwork, exposed piping and cracked concrete in this restaurant in Atlanta designed by local studio Praxis3.

Lazy Betty is a tasting menu-style restaurant in Atlanta that opened in February 2019.

Lazy Betty by Praxis3

Designed by Praxis3, the eatery's interiors comprise weathered-looking concrete floors and an exposed brick wall, which is also painted white with moments of the red brick left exposed.

The project is 2,500 square feet (232 square metres), and exposed ductwork overhead adds to the industrial aesthetic.

Lazy Betty by Praxis3

"We wanted to design a space that worked with our neighbourhood," executive chef of Lazy Betty Ron Hsu told Dezeen, who worked with Praxis3 on the design.

"Dekalb Avenue is somewhat of an industrial area, with a brownie factory across the street from us and lumber and steel businesses nearby."

Lazy Betty by Praxis3

Ample light inside is provided by a mix of natural sources, such as large rectangular windows that intersperse a rustic wall, as well as oversized and rounded lighting fixtures.

Some brickwork is also painted in a teal hue, which provides a signature colour of the space. Also in this tone, are subway tiles that cover an accent wall, with their sheen reflecting the light inside.

Lazy Betty by Praxis3

Warmer moments of dark wood dining chairs, and upholstered seats in a caramel hue, provide a contrast to this.

On one side of Lazy Betty is a dining nook anchored by an L-shaped couch and matching chairs.

"We also incorporated elements that encourage people to get lazy," Hsu told Dezeen.

Lazy Betty by Praxis3

"We opted for large, comfortable seating with armrests, pillows everywhere and lush throws placed throughout the restaurant to emulate a cosy yet luxurious home feel," Hsu continued.

Barstools located opposite also feature this pale brown tone, while the bar is painted grey to link together the white and teal moments.

Lazy Betty by Praxis3

Lazy Betty is decorated with art by local artists, including a wall installation comprising dozens of silvery bird-like shapes by Jenifer Thoem and a colourful print by Christina Kwan.

Completing the restaurant are numerous potted plants, adding a natural and relaxed feel to the space.

Lazy Betty by Praxis3

Lazy Betty is located in Atlanta's Candler Park area. The city has recently experienced a host of new eateries, including Tom Dixon's cocktail bar for Win and a French restaurant and wine bar designed by AI3.

Photography is by Andrew Thomas Lee.