The designers at Gulla Jonsdottir Design were inspired by the Spanish name of this project – Girasol – meaning sunflower. They wanted to represent this flower beautifully, so they created a ceiling of white wooden flower petals that is backlit, and held up by a central floral column stem.
The smooth white ceiling is defined by intertwining amber lights creating a swirl of vines from the flower, making the patrons feel like they are inside a gigantic bloom of Girasol.
The natural grey stone walls incorporate a wave of darker stone, which resembles the large leaves of the sunflower; and intertwining flower stems and vines are embossed into the foyer’s concrete floor. A palette of neutral and elegant colours has been used, along with raw materials that reflect the restaurant’s cuisine – California Farm Fresh.
The exterior of the building is ‘humble yet sexy’, say the designers, who have clad the walls with singed wood, which exudes the aroma of cooking with fresh charcoal. Wood is also the material used for the furniture – along with soft linen upholstery. The tables have an inlaid metal sunflower in their walnut wood tops, while their bases resemble the root of an organic structure.
Above the hostess stand hang organic paper chandeliers, and a custom built wine cellar houses one of the main dining booths. Comfortable sofas and white marble cocktail tables await guests in the lounge, overlooking the patio.