Los Angeles International Airport
If you "wow" them they will come - even if it's the Airport. Encounter Restaurant proved that you can leverage the promise of that incredible 1960's landmark, then exceed expectation with a "George Jetson meets James Bond" experience, thereby reinventing the notion of the airport as a dinner destination! A theramin sci-fi soundtrack in the elevator prepares each diner for an otherworldly, "Barbarellegant" experience. Lava Lamps line the bar while Mixologist's "Ray Guns" fill the drinks. Eddie's original art guided the work of Ellen Guevara on the interiors, while Michael Valentino's award winning lighting design brought the exterior forms to life. Who would have believed that John Travolta's LAX birthday party a week after opening in 1996, would launch an airport eatery as a celebrity restaurant with raves in Vogue, The London Times, The New York Times, The LA Times and others? A smash hit, Encounter remains as one of Eddie's best reviewed projects ever and designer Syd Mead's favorite spot in LA!