This chic Santa Monica eatery presented a unique set of design challenges. As a Japanese "shabu shabu" restaurant, it required heating elements at every table for the patrons to cook their own meals in boiling pots of broth. Durable materials such as engineered stone and terrazzo do double duty, mitigating the heat from the burners while providing a crisp, modern backdrop to the busy restaurant diners. Walls of shimmering, iridescent tiles add depth and texture to the space while concealing the ventilation hoods above the undulating countertop. Brushed aluminum chairs withstand steam from the pots and complement the smart, contemporary aesthetic.