An allegory of landscape and Houston’s live oaks, Canopy is a calm, inviting and refreshing neighborhood restaurant in that city’s Montrose district. The interior refers to trees dramatically through a blown-up photograph of a live oak complemented by the blue sky of the walls, earth tone of the floor, and walnut wood and green fixtures that evoke meadow and grass. Sliding panels transform the relationship of the front and back spaces according to the needs of the moment. Walnut is the sole wood applied on the ceiling sculpture wall panels, table edging and chairs. A bird’s nest sculpture creates a human scale in the double height space and references the tree canopy theme. It was put together on site based on Kyle’s design.
Dillon Kyle collaborated with photographer Everett Tassvegen, restaurateurs Claire Smith and Russell Murrel, and carpenter Clay Harrison to maximize the creative energy on the project. This is typical of his process, which places him in the role of co-creator and editor of a story that is more interesting as a result of the collaboration. DKA’s staff spearheaded the creation of the sculpture, both in the mockup created in the office and the implementation of the final piece.