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Project of the Week

Morning Glory by Basile Studio

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  • Design House: Basile Studio
  • Project Name: Morning Glory
  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Area: 370m²

Morning Glory, the most extravagant brunch spot we've ever seen.

Designed by Basile Studio, this breakfast-and-cocktail restaurant overlooks San Diego's Little Italy and boasts a bright, daring and somewhat unexpected design scheme.

Take a quick tour of the project below.

A striking eighties-inspired colour palette characterises the restaurants interior.
A striking eighties-inspired colour palette characterises the restaurants interior.

Sitting away from the street, on the second floor of a popular cosmopolitan district - surrounded by a plethora of successful eateries - Paul Basile, the lead designer of the project, knew this restaurant needed to be bold in order to divert attention and draw people upstairs.

His solution came in the form of a striking eighties-inspired colour palette, clever use of materials and an array of custom-made furnishings - including the pink, starburst light ornament (pictured above).

Anytime you place a venue on the second floor of a building, you have to figure out how to make it attractive enough for people to want to make the trek upstairs.
A bold green bar stands out at the centre of the space.
A bold green bar stands out at the centre of the space.

The retro-inspired palette features a muted green contrasted with pops of vibrant pink. There is also a terrazzo floor, as well as nods to an early Frank Lloyd Wright aesthetic with walnut finishes, and mixed metals.

The restaurant was custom fabricated by the Basile team.
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The restaurant was custom fabricated by the Basile team.

The main interior dining room showcases several intricate seating areas including a two-toned dusky rose custom leather bolster "lipstick booth" and organic Douglas Fir carved booth system ergonomically contoured to the body.

As with all Basile designs, this project has been almost entirely custom fabricated by Basile's team of in-house artisans. The studio sought to make the venue as unique and authentic as possible. Going the extra mile, the team even CNC carved the private banquette out of Douglas Fir, this is reported to have taken around 400 hours.

Contrasting shapes and textures add another layer of interest, helping to create a particularly striking aesthetic.
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Contrasting shapes and textures add another layer of interest, helping to create a particularly striking aesthetic.

Through arduous attention to detail and an unflinching design scheme, Morning Glory stands out amongst its neighbours and showcases a pioneering example of thoughtful restaurant design.

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