Let's be honest: Northern California's Marin County is fab in many ways. World's most beautiful landscape? Check. Birthplace of the mountain bike and the hot tub? Check. Stomping ground of the Grateful Dead? Check. But the restaurant scene has been lackluster. Until recently.
LA import Farmshop, located in the revamped Marin Country Mart, has upped the ante. The food is noteworthy, but we're more interested in the interiors, designed by Commune.
Photography by Mariko Reed, unless otherwise noted.
Above: A lounge area exudes midcentury cool.
Above: Another view of the private dining area.
Above: The main dining room features Commune's trademark (and hard-to-pin-down) sense of cool.
Above: School chairs against an agrarian photo mural. Photograph by Katie Newburn.
Above: Teal velvet banquettes. Photograph by Katie Newburn.
Above: Cool polished concrete floors.
Above: Tiling by Heath Ceramics, in Sausalito.
Above: A view of the bar seating. Photograph by Katie Newburn.
Above: Heath's textured subway tiles.
Above: The wood-burning hearth. Photograph by Katie Newburn.
Above: A view of the precision detailing.
Above: Fire cooking in action. Photograph by Katie Newburn.
Below: Farmshop is in Larkspur, a ferry ride away from San Francisco.
Marin's Most Beautiful Office Space features the office of Marin Country Mart owner (and mastermind) Jim Rosenfield. The mart is also spotlighted in Steal This Look: A Patriot's Post Office. Another Marin hub that we recommend: Sir and Star (see A Restaurant that Channels The Birds).
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 23, 2013, as part of our issue The Nonchalant Kitchen.