LOS ANGELES – Despite that Ototo’s name comes from it being concieved as a “little brother” (in japanese) to next door Tsubaki (also run by the talented Chef Charles Namba & Courtney Kaplan), besides the square footage, there isn’t much “little” to the space or concept. Weekends was brought in to help shape what a contemporary sake bar (with great food) could be. We worked closely with Courtney and Charles to create a space that reflected their dedication to craft, detail and enthusiasm for sharing their love of food and sake with the Los Angeles. For this project Weekends transformed a former hair salon into a sake bar complete with custom designed furniture, shou-sugi-ban inspired wood elements, a private tasting/dining room, and a white oak bar. We also created all the branding, illustration and design elements.
PARIS – Malro is a contemporary french/italian brassery. It’s a cafe, bar, restaurant and a gathering place for the neighborhood. Due to the 24/7 nature of the space, we worked with the team to create spaces that could function year round and day/night. Arched mirrors, wood details, and washed walls give the long space depth and texture We inset a large in and outdoor terrace, a vestier, modular seating, along with large fixed plush booths and a private living room to create an open, inviting space that feels cozy amongst 2 or 122 companions.
Botanica Restaurant and Market
LOS ANGELES – Part restaurant, part market, part publication, Botanica is a lively space in LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood. Working with local architects, Freeland Buck, we converted the former drop ceiling liquor store by peeling the space back to its original shell and opening up the back wall and patio giving chef/owners Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling, a space that reflects their personality and cooking – bright, lively and communal.
Le Mary Celeste
Le Mary Celeste is an oyster and cocktail bar in the Marais neighborhood of Paris. Formerly a video editing office, we tore the space back to its bare bones and built from there. Tons of brick was reclaimed from building sites for the walls and floor while wood palates, formerly used for shaping cement forms, were repurposed for the bar top and deck flooring surrounding the bar and custom-built furniture was designed (including slatted backlit banquettes, modular hex tables, and barstools).
Deck & Donohue
Thomas Deck and Michael Donohue met around a campfire a decade ago and after sharing some stories realized they also shared a love of beer. The two kept in touch ever since and after enough transatlantic recipe sharing became enough Donohue packed up his things, left his job running a brewery in the USA and moved to Paris to get serious about craft beer. The logo and identity tells their story, reflects their personalities and expresses the way they feel each beer tastes. Work includes branding, packaging, accessories, and a bilingual website. Some photos included were taken from the wonderful blog of Holybelly Cafe in Paris, who was an early fan of Deck & Donohue’s craft beers.
Candelaria is a Paris’ first taqueria tucked away in the Marais district. It features a hidden cocktail den specializing in mescal, and a chef from Mexico City. This project included concept creation, interior design, furniture design and the opportunity to collaborate with many artists/friends including: Adrian Rubi-Dentzel, Danielle Rubi, Ashley Helvey, Keren Richter, Amy Jo Diaz, Mary Manning, and Confetti System.
The Beast is Paris’ first Texas-style smokehouse. Chef/Owner Thomas Abramowicz left his job in the coorporate world to live and study with the BBQ masters in Texas and bring the tradition back to his hometown. We were asked to build a brand identity to help tell his story and worked with Thomas to come up with MEAT + FIRE + TIME to support our utilitarian stenciled logo.
Glass is a bar in the Pigalle neighborhood of Paris. We completely demolished/removed the former bar (a fillé) structure and started from scratch designing the space, bar, dj booth and all of the furniture as well as the identity/logo. We also found several artists to collaborate with on the space including Andere Mondo, who created the mirrored table surfaces.
For decades, the restaurant and bar Le Depanneur was a veritable institution in the heart of the Montmartre district, near the theaters, cabarets and the ever-popular Moulin Rouge. After being shuttered for years, Weekends, along with project manager and designer Gilles Tombeur, helped resurrect the space. The resulting restaurant is equal parts Palm Springs and Big Sur and featur es a menu of organic burgers, tacos pr ovided by Cantine California and Paris’ largest tequila list.
Cantine California started out as Paris’ first organic burger and taco food truck and after several years and thousands of dedicated fans (who pop up wherever the truck pulled up) CC decided it was time to open a flagship restaurant. A former Chinese restaurant in Paris’ Arts and Metiers neighborhood was gutted and we rebuilt the space in Cantine California’s image from the ground up.
Big Sur Kitchen
Clean lines and natural materials make up this California inspired Paris kitchen. Mostly focused on take-out burgers and tacos we created a space that is also inviting and comfortable for eat-in diners.
Le Depanneur Terrasse
For Le Depanneur’s little sister, Terrasse, we converted a boulangerie into a relaxed and open space for cocktails, wine and small plates. Like Le Depanneur, we designed and created every stick of furniture and surfacing for the space…
The Ecology Center
The Ecology Center, in San Juan Capistrano, is a regional hub for eco-education that engages and empowers individuals and families. Through fun, hands-on activities, they teach practical, environmental solutions with impact at the household and community level. Our ongoing work with The Ecology Center has included branding, graphics, interactive exhibition design, and a retail environment.
CHERI MESSERLI & DAVID RAGER
Weekends was created by husband-and-wife design team David Rager and Cheri Messerli as a collaborative space for side projects. Each working on their own creative endeavors and having separate design practices. As the name suggests, projects were structured around the free time that weekends provided; however since the couple moved to Paris from California, Weekends has become weekdays as well and remains a space where the two share their love of design, interiors, furniture and collaborations with other artists through the vehicle of interior design projects.