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Designing the Anchor Distilling Company Penthouse Tasting Room

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There is a certain style that just defines San Francisco. Conjuring up ideas of crisp white masts on a Bay-side schooner or the quality, antique craftsmanship of a Victorian restoration, Anchor Distilling Company is at the heart of San Francisco style.  I was honored to interpret these distinctive inspirations when I was asked to design the Anchor Distilling Company Penthouse Tasting Room.

One of the many reasons I was excited to work with the Anchor Distilling Company (ADC) is because they are all about the details.  Their focus is on very small batches of handcrafted artisanal spirits.  Aligning with my design practices, ADC works to create beautifully unique and richly nuanced products.  It was a perfect match.

Here are a few photos of the space before we began our design.

My goal was to design a tasting room to host exclusive events and spirit tastings for key ADC clients.  The space needed to reflect the intimacy and individualism of their distilling practices while never losing sight of Anchor’s deep California roots.  In the beginning, the vision was a small lounge but as the design gained momentum the project grew into a sophisticated speak-easy penthouse with a fully functioning built-in bar complete with sink, dishwasher, fridge and t.v. display.

Let’s take a look at a few of the major design pieces we used in this project.

A)  I chose these industrial bar stools by Wisteria for their simple elegance.

B)  This is the reclaimed redwood with custom gray wash that I used for the custom bar, display cabinet, and custom display shelf.  These were designed by Coddington Design and built by Marin-based carpenter Todd Lookinland of Lookinland Custom Building, LLC.

C)  We custom designed this chesterfield sofa and had it upholstered in a citrus yellow mirco-suede with widely spaced button tufting for a modern twist.  If you want one for yourself, check out this similar sofa from Neiman Marcus.

D)  I spotted this rustic coffee table from Anthropologie and loved the distressed metal legs and wood planked top.  It provides the room with a strong sculptural element.

E)  This is the custom display shelf used for premium limited edition and vintage bottles.  We had this built using the reclaimed redwood with custom gray wash and rope detailing. You can find a similar shelf here from Restoration Hardware.

F)  I incorporated my signature pop of pattern in this design with this gray chevron rug by Stark Carpet.  Here is a similar rug.

G)  We designed these custom pendant lights in rope knot patterns to hint at a nautical influence and had them built by Dogfork Lamp Arts.

H)  This industrial side table was perfect for the space and it was once available through Urban Outfitters. Here’s a close match that is available.

I)  This is the fabric for the throw pillows, the pattern is Savoy and the color is Mimosa!  They are made by Clark and Clark.

My color palette for this project was yellow and gray to compliment the industrial finishes and connect with the vibe of an exclusive speak-easy.  The wall color (J) is Benjamin Moore #1475 and the cabinet color (K) is Benjamin Moore Graphite #1603.

Every project has a budget.  In order to get the most out of the financial  parameters for this project, I used a few creative work-arounds to stay in the black.  Since Anchor has been in San Francisco since the Gold Rush years, using redwood was essential.  I was able to re-use the existing redwood lumber from torn-up decking.  I also mixed one-of-a-kind pieces such as the custom bar and lighting with off-the-rack retail items like the coffee table and bar stools.  Keeping the existing tile floor was a major budget saver.  Best of all, I accepted some of my design fees in booze!  (hiccup)

This project was a great opportunity to incorporate more masculine design elements into my signature Girly Modern style.  If you ever get the chance to sip a vintage port inside this penthouse tasting room, I hope it feels like a wonderfully classic San Francisco moment.

Stay tuned for our next post to see the finished design of the Anchor Distilling Company Penthouse Tasting Room!

One Comment

  1. I love the overall effect! The top knot lighting is going to be stellar!!!!

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