Portfolio Naples August/September 2017 - Page 57

e Kragh family’s personality is reflected throughout Timeless Restaurant, from the décor to the artwork to the menu. Sea and sky are two of the main themes. “I was a diver in college, so the diving art is personal to me,” says Matthew. e diving paintings were commissioned to local artist Marti Koehler. Her personal, portrait style paintings made with oils and acrylics are popular with many Neapolitans. Additional diving paintings and a portrait of Matthew’s son, Maverick, also painted by Marti is displayed in the upscale, modern-style bathroom. Focal-point artwork is displayed on the main dining room wall sculpted by Marti’s husband, Ed Koehler, who is also Florida native. For this project, Ed’s artwork that is featured includes a Tree branch wall sconce lit with LED lights made out of steel, and epoxy resins and a 7' Horseshoe Crab Light, made of fiberglass and epoxies lit with LED lights in the bar area–two modern coastal pieces that Ed is very well known for. A luxury surfboard designed by L.A. based sculptor Bates Wilson is displayed alongside the fireplace wall, giving good vibes of contem- porary coastal lifestyle in Florida today. Bates Wilson is well known for sculpting fish and surfboards out of reclaimed, recycled metal. He was first famed for his aluminum and copper American flag which was a piece that became important to him after 9-11 that he donated to the New York Historical Society. Aviation is also a big interest to the Kragh family. Atop the center of the restaurant wall, a large photograph of two prop-style planes can be viewed from various dining perspectives. e rich live-edge Tiger wood tables in the main dining area and the live-edge monkey pod bar in the pizza kitchen were custom made designed by talented furniture maker Jerry Neal. ough the exterior of Timeless Restaurant was not designed by MHK, the interior is a whole different story. “I wanted my clients to feel the space, experience the sounds, and smells of a signature MHK style home. I think Timeless Restaurant really showcases a piece of our architectural work. It’s a concept that allows people a look into PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 55