Whenever we're in Portland (Oregon, that is), we head straight to our favorite restaurant, Clyde Common, at the Ace Hotel. Located in a lofty, two-level space, the restaurant is decorated in a low-key Army-Navy style; we especially like the towering fir-tree branches casually stuck in a glass cylinder vase in lieu of a more traditional floral arrangement.
Ace Hotel veterans Jack Barron and Natasha Figueroa conceptualized and designed the interior. Here's a tour of the space followed by the key elements to recreate the look.
Recreate the laid-back Northwest vibe with the following elements:
Above: Factory Light No. 5 Rod in Black Enamel; $249 from Schoolhouse Electric.
Above: Thonet Era Chair; available in a coffee stain (shown) for $150, as well as black, white, green, and red; $175 from Design Within Reach.
Above: Recreate the communal-table feel of Clyde Common with the 90.5 inch long solid European oak Big Sur Table; $1,999 at Crate & Barrel. See it in use with benches in architect Elizabeth Roberts' Brooklyn townhouse on page 83 of the Remodelista book.
Above: Jasper Morrison's simple pieces for Alessi fit the Clyde Common aesthetic.
Above: Jasper Morrison Glass Family Set for Alessi starts at $34 for at set of four water glasses at Lumens.
Above: Jasper Morrison's PlateBowlCup Line of sturdy bone china dinnerware for Alessi; prices range from $20 for a set of four saucers to $64 for a serving platter at Lumens.
Above: The Clyde Common designers introduced textured to the airy space by using tarps as wall coverings and entryway curtains; 6-by-8-foot, off-white, 100-percent cotton Canvas Tarps are $33.60 at Tarps Plus.
Above: The Modern Industry Stool features a scaffolded iron base and polished stainless steel seat; $195 each from Sundance.
Above: These Heavy Duty Outdoor String Lights are on a waterproof rubber cord that's 54 feet long and has 24 light bulbs; $105 at Sival Lighting.
Above: Ikea's Korken Bottle with stopper is an affordable water carafe option; $3.99.
Above : This little Heath Ceramics Bud Vase is $22 and available in two shades of green: Olive (shown) and Avocado.
For more inspiration, sift through our gallery of Dining Rooms. Traveling to Portland, Oregon? Have a look at our City Guide—and don't miss the Ace Hotel, home of Clyde Common. Read about downtown Portland's standout Farmer's Market on Gardenista.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 22, 2010.