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Union Larder

Location: San Francisco, CA
Client: Jay Esopenko
Project Team:  8 inc
Mark Little - Principal in Charge
Erik Kramer - Senior Designer


We worked closely with the owners to design an exclusive neighborhood wine bar & cafe with specialty groceries located on San Francisco’s beautiful Russian Hill.  The space was originally part of an old parking garage and mechanic space built in the 1920’s. Existing concrete structures have been exposed and large structural steel elements have been added, which influenced the aesthetics and design language of the space.

In collaboration with a local blacksmith, sign maker and craftsmen, the tables, chairs and light fixtures were designed to reference the industrial nature of the building. The interior was supplemented with selected pieces of reclaimed furniture tastefully integrated into the space. Flooded with natural light, the windows open up to the Hyde Street Cable Car line. A material palette consisting of leather, wood, blackened steel and zinc was used to create a warm, intimate and sophisticated atmosphere.

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