Aidlin Darling Design, Love and War Win James Beard Awards for Restaurant Design

Pictured from left, Roslyn Cole, Joshua Aidlin, and Adrienne Swiatocha of Aidlin Darling Design and Eng San Kho and Peter Tashjian of Love and War. (Photos: Kent Miller)

The event-soaked month of May rolls on! Last night, an elite mob of foodies descended upon Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall for the annual James Beard Foundation Awards, where chef-trepreneurs Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai, and Traci Des Jardins served up coveted medals—which we’ve long suspected are chocolate-filled—to top chefs (and Top Chef itself, which won a best television show award for its seventh season), restaurants, and, yes, designers. San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design bested the competition in the restaurant design category for its work on Bar Agricole, housed in a dazzling and eco-friendly building that began its life in 1912 as a corrugated-zinc warehouse. Meanwhile, a hometown favorite won in the category of outstanding restaurant graphics, as Love and War took home a James Beard medal for graphic designer Katie Tully‘s swell branding for New York’s The National Bar and Dining Rooms (the project also recently snagged a silver cube from the Art Directors Club). Oh, and some chefs and fine dining establishments also got awards! Here’s the full list of winners.