Channeling Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic mixed with a dash of vintage yacht club, chef Josh Henderson and designer Matthew Parker of the Huxley Wallace Collective have created Westward, a restaurant and oyster bar on Seattle's Lake Union with views across the water to downtown. The duo relied on a coterie of local designers to finesse the nautical notes.
Abvoe: The 25-feet-bar was created from a slice of a ship and anchors (no pun intended) the restaurant. Created by local art fabricators Electric Coffin, several of the compartments are crafted into a quirky diorama. The drum lighting shades are made of recycled sailcloth, and the white ceramic lights in the shape of buoys are from local firm Fleet Objects.
Above: Restaurant staff wear St. James boat shirts and other marine attire.
Above: The food served is Northwest-meets-the-Med.
Above: In the oyster bar, pilings are used as pillars with brightly painted cleats for hanging coats.
Above: The Little Gull Grocery in the oyster bar has shelving suspended by rope.
Above: Strung rope serves as a screen of sorts.
Above: Portraits of various captains in history decorate the restaurant (Captain Kirk and Bill Murray as Captain Steve Zissou, included).
Above: Adirondack chairs line the shore of Lake Union, and diners gather around a large fire pit surrounded by a ring of oyster shells. Downtown Seattle rises in the distance.
Above: Nautical rope is used as outside decor.
Above: The restaurant has a 150-foot dock for boaters to drop by.