Dumpling Lab Restaurant Design

Located in the heart of Calgary’s Chinatown, is a unique restaurant design, the Dumpling Lab.  This specialized dumpling eatery, dubs their restaurant as “a world of dumplings”.  The restaurant is aimed to “recreate the history and dynamics of dumplings from around the world”.  As dumplings are found in every type of cuisine, and the Dumpling Lab’s menu was curated to recognize dumplings from every culture.  Resulting in each dish representing a different culture.  Dumplings range from mango and shrimp, to pot stickers with chicken, corn and pine nut.  Each dumpling is made in house, by hand and from scratch.

The restaurants interior follows the made from scratch motif, influencing its design concept heavily. In addition, its interiors are Asian inspired, modern and fresh, throughout the entire space.  The restaurant follows a black and white palette, with a pop of white oak throughout.  Upon entering the Dumpling Lab, you are greeted with white oak custom doors.  In addition to the 1” mosaic hex tiles are placed above.  With the restaurant’s logo in black, giving you a sample of what’s in store inside.

Black and White

The black and white palette is the foundation of this restaurant’s design.  Its white walls give the space an open and airy vibe.  A feature wall pays tribute to the restaurant’s Asian inspired concept.  In addition, the feature wall art gives the minimalistic walls a unique twist.  By the same token, the Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo Quartz marble counter, also give the white tones of the eatery more flavour.  Effectively contrasting with the white oak.  On the other hand, the black seats and charcoal hardwood porcelain tile flooring contributes to the darker hues to the black and white palette.

White Oak

The customized white oak placed throughout the restaurant design acts as an eye-catching element.  This results in giving the modern and minimalistic design of the space a hint of distinctiveness.  In addition to the custom doors, the space also contains white oak custom pick up and eating bars.  These spaces allow fluidity throughout the restaurant, as dumpling makers and eaters share similar places to enjoy and share their unified love of dumplings!Dumpling Lab Restaurant Design by Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design, Calgary + Kelowna Interior Design Firm


Written by: Tatiana Biasco

Interior Design: Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design

Photography: Lindsay Nichols Photography

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Industrial Kitchen & Dining Room Design

Industrial style has held its popularity in interior design for many years.  Its influence has streamed from warehouses to restaurants into homes.  It doesn’t seem as if the trend plans to stop any time soon!  For this home’s kitchen and dining room, NFID focused on bringing forth the right amount of modernity and industrial aesthetic into these spaces.  With this equation, it transformed this local home into a SoHo retreat.


The stainless steel and iron accents of the kitchen complete the industrial vibe of the space, contrasting with its dark tones.  This can be seen with the stainless-steel appliances throughout the kitchen.  Such as, the stove, overhead fan, dishwasher and microwave.  In addition to the steel accent cabinet pulls.  In result, they effectively compliment the dark walnut cabinetry.  Moreover, the Blanco Silgranite undermount sink in colour ‘Cafe’, and faucet adds to the industrial vibe of the kitchen.  This sink and faucet duo features increased depth.  Therefore, giving the space an aura of an industrial kitchen.

The kitchen’s quartz countertops give the space a more “at home” feel.  While effectively balancing out the darker tones of the cabinetry, flooring and brick walls.  Meanwhile, by placing the microwave under the counter, this allows the kitchen to have more open counter space.  This gives the island counter more functionality.  Permitting homeowners, the space to dine right at the counter, and entertain guests while moving freely throughout the kitchen.

Dining Room

Additionally, this room allows for a more formal setting for dinner.  With enough seats for a sit-down family style meal with six seats available.  The use of mix and match chairs is another key feature in industrial design.  For this dining set, we used Restoration Hardware’s tufted dining chair in cigar leather as our accent chairs.  Its reclaimed look lies within its worn leather, further accentuating the rooms industrial design.  It’s cigar leather balances the white hues of the rest of the modern dining chairs.  In addition, the Sonneman Atelier Dining Room light fixture contributes to the modern touches of the room.  This fixture gives the space a touch of uniqueness with the its modern design, further enhancing the steel accents of the overall design.

Furthermore, the walnut dining table from IZM perfectly matches the cabinetry and flooring.  The dark wood aesthetic effectively flows from the kitchen into the dining room.  Cementing the industrial atmosphere of this space are the art pieces showcasing industrial art by Lindsay Nichols Photography.

One of the key features in successfully delivering an industrial aesthetic, is exposed brick.  The exposed brick carries the warehouse ambiance from the kitchen, streaming into the dining room.  The brick chosen for these spaces is a perfect match in hues with the flooring, cabinetry and dining table.  As a result, both room’s dark hues and contrasting steel accents, complete this local home’s SoHo apartment vibe.  For this home, New York City is just around the corner.


Written By: Tatiana Bacalso

Interior Design Firm:  Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design

Photography: Lindsay Nichols Photography

Builder: Hopewell Residential

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10 Cool Living Room Ideas

Summer is often associated with the sun and heat. In addition, fun colours and design also come out to play with the longer summer days.  NFID has curated a list of 10 summer living room pieces that will bring coolness into your living rooms this sizzling summer season.

Angoura Oushak

This antique Turkish rug features a palette of colours from golden olive, amber, orange and an array of dark blues and blacks.  Its geometric design showcases a border of florals and stemmed buds, with a pattern of diamond floral displays.  Ultimately bringing forth a cozy factor into your space.

Acorn 4 Pendant Lamp

This pendant lamp contains matte white powder coat arms and shades, highlighting its design.  It features a gloss interior, contrasting from its matte shade heads.  In addition, the lamps swivel arms have the ability to adjust its overall length and width, giving homeowners the ability to choose what is suitable for their living room spaces.

Ring Chair


The Ring Chair is designed by Nanna and Jorgen Ditzel, produced by Getama.  Nanna and Jorgen brought innovation to furniture, textiles and jewelry throughout their careers.  They specialized and mastered creating “comfortable curves”. Thus, resulting in the creation of the Ring Chair. It’s unique bolster back along with soiled oiled walnut frame and foam cushion and padding showcase the Ditzel innovation.  Together, this chair combines comfort with design.  The Ring Chair is available in an array of colours, giving you endless options.

Marble Plinth Coffee Table

Handcrafted from slabs of marble with a sturdy wooden frame, RH modern introduces the Marble Plinth Coffee Table.  Each table has distinctive character lying in the traces of natural, silver veining. Veining varies with each table, as each piece of marble is unique.  Therefore, resulting in an exclusive piece for each home.  In addition, its design contains an inset base and overhanging top, resulting in a floating effect.

Modern Sarah Sofa

Montauk Sofa is known for their quality craftsmanship.  Their designs are modern, and in addition, maximize on ultimate comfort.  Their Modern Sarah sofa is the epitome of this. This sofa is made of 100% wool in Montauk’s trademark “shades of grey”.  Its legs are sculptured in cold-rolled steel, resulting in the sofa’s floating look.

Garcon Table

Kelly Wearstler features her sophisticated side table, dubbed the Garcon Table. Its three leg casts are made out of blackened aluminum, tapering into brass ball feet. It’s texture mimics carved wood. The top is made of solid bronze. It’s further furnished with bronze patina. Altogether, this piece has hand-wrought sculptural quality. This unique piece is the embodiment of cool.

Gracie Studio Wallcovering – Handmade Mid-Century Metallic Collection GG-6

This gorgeous mid-century wallpaper displays gold/yellow and white fans.  The perfect wallpaper to use as a feature wall in your living room.  This wallpaper can spruce up any space!

Halston Cushion – Mercury

This accent cushion is made of velvet, with its cover displaying a distinct geometric design.  Reversed, the cushion has a two-tone shot effect, with a silk blend taffeta.  Altogether, this results in undeniably bringing the cool factor to your home.  Call NFID if you would love to get one of these pillows!

Jacquard Velvet Diamond Point Pillow Cover – Collection Blush

Next, we chose this blush accent cushion from West Elm.  It design is said to be inspired by patterns found in Brazil. Resulting in the sophisticated patterns found throughout the pillow, paired with its colorful woven threads.  In addition, the pillow contains jacquard velvet allowing for added texture.

Rattan Pouf or Ottoman

Franco Albini excelled in furniture design, based on minimalistic aesthetic. The infamous modernist rattan pouf distinguishes itself as a timeless piece. These ottomans were designed in 1950, and holds its relevance today. This mid-century modern piece is a must have in any home.


Written By:  Tatiana Bacalso

Photo Credits: Unknown. Varies per Manufacturer.

Design Firm: Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design, Calgary & Kelowna Interior Design Firm

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