Monday, November 15, 2010

This Ella Sings

It's not Los Angeles or New York, Chicago or D.C., not London or Paris. It's downtown Sacramento. The Ella Dining Room and Bar: A "modern American bistro" where rustic luxury and modern vintage converge with adaptive reuse and disruptive design to create something entirely new.

The owners were looking to create something akin to "Sacramento's living room." It looks like they got their wish.

The restaurant's design, concept, and branding were undertaken by Amsterdam-based UXUS (this project taken on by their Napa office).

The floor is Mexican concrete tile. A creamy smooth surface to interplay with the jagged textures of the shutters behind.

Five hundred pairs of reclaimed shutters were culled for the restaurant's interior. There's also a hand-carved stone and marble bar along with hand-screened wallpaper. One of the features of the restaurant is a Host's table situated within the kitchen where diners "may experience firsthand the excitement and artistry" of making a meal. Presumably, without the expletives of Gordon Ramsey disturbing the mood.

Above is the intimate banquet room with custom wallpaper.

Ella was also featured at the excellent arch daily blog.

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