ISSUE 36  |  Brewpub Style

Design Sleuth: Chair Agricole by Sebastian Parker

September 10, 2010 6:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

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The chairs in today's Hotels, Lodgings, and Restaurants: Bar Agricole in San Francisco were designed and fabricated by San Francisco furniture maker Sebastian Parker. Parker started as a student of ceramic sculpture, made his way to New York (where he studied at the School of Visual Arts) and South America, and returned to San Francisco where he discovered his medium of choice: wood. He worked with Michael Bock, an award-winning furniture designer, before setting up his own furniture-making shop in the Mission District of San Francisco. Parker was commissioned to create 30 chairs for Bar Agricole, which he accomplished in a period of four months; the Chair Agricole is made from cabernet-stained white oak barrels from the Firestone Vineyard in Napa Valley, in keeping with Bar Agricole's sustainable, locavore mantra.