ISSUE 40  |  Color Combinations

Steal This Look: Nopalito in San Francisco

October 06, 2009 10:39 AM

BY Janet Hall

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Nopalito Mexican Kitchen in the NOPA neighborhood of SF is not only green in its color theme but also in its design. The project architects, Abueg Morris Architects in Berkeley, used a multitude of recycled products, many sourced from California, and commissioned local artisans and artists to create the appealing space. Photos by Eurydice Galka, courtesy of Abueg Morris Architects.

Above: Glass Mini Tiles by Bisazza; prices range between $25 to $50 per square foot, depending on color, at the Bisazza online shop.

Above: All the tables and benches were crafted from the wood of a single fallen oak tree (found in Placer County, CA) by SF millworker Peter Doolittle.

Above: Green Fiberglass Dowel Side Chairs; $325 at Modernica.

Above: We like this DIY idea: Blue Bottle and Mexican coffee sacks (found on eBay) streched over wood frames.

Above: The Secola Lights are crafted of recycled #10 tin cans and retail for $535 for the 11-inch size and $485 for the 9-inch size. The lights are made in Los Angeles; go to Matthews Fanco for retail showrooms.

Above: Paneling made from Red Wine Soaked Oak, available from Heritage Salvage.

Above: Cholla wood (from one of favorite online shops, Nettleton Hollow) as art display.

Above: Local artist Lisa Carroll constructed a screen using molinillos (hot chocolate stirrers) brought back from Mexico by a friend of the architect's.