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.