The idea began with highlighting California produce in Italian inspired cuisine.  The design was kept simple – crisp bright white walls accented with forged copper moulding and offset with deep green-black ceiling blocks.  The focal point of the design is a transparent shelving unit that anchors the design providing a buffer between the display kitchen and enclosing the main dining room.  The deep green leather banquettes anchored between oak walls and bent oak dining chairs are positioned underneath a pair of original hand painted murals by Wayne Pate depicting a bounty of California produce.


Completely considered from the openness of the front windows to the to the dining chairs to the tablecloths.



From conceptual design through full construction, including hand-building the prototype shelving system.


A central bar greats visitors on arrival.  Glowing through the open windows of the storefront, it’s a warm beacon on a dim sidestreet of the city.


Original chairs designed and fabricated for Upland.  Inspired by angular bent chairs from the 40s these were designed and refined to provide comfort for a long meal.

Interior Design, Creative Direction
Roman and Williams
Mikkel Vang, Matthew Winter, and Others

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