Basile Studio Raises the Roof for San Diego’s Born & Raised

PROJECT NAME Born & Raised
LOCATION San Diego, California
FIRM Basile Studio
SQ. FT. 2,700 SQF

Last fall, San Diego celebrated the opening of Born & Raised, an Art Deco extravaganza helmed by CH Projects and twice Michelin-starred executive chef Jason McLeod and designed by Paul Basile and his Basile Studio. But the party was just getting started: this fall sees the opening a second-floor addition to the 1930s-era building, once a drug store and soda fountain in the Little Italy neighborhood.

Six-inch-sqaure concrete tiles cover the floor in diagonal stripes of green and white. Photography by Zack Benson Photography.

Basile conceived a canted roof for the 2,700-square-foot garden rooftop. “It’s reminiscent of mid-century Palm Springs homes where manufactured shade is a must,” he says. Next, they reinterpreted the ground floor’s famed floral installations, “but in a simplified trellis-like fashion that we then combined with greenery to reiterate the space's garden-like quality.”

The monumental green Italian marble bar is marked by an inverted bullnose edge and 50-foot brass handrail, with more brass detailing a face in cane with leather straps. Photography by Zack Benson Photography.

It’s the perfect place for an ersatz garden party, particularly with a show-stopping bar and tap system. “It’s a series of different marbles,” he says, “and we commissioned the intricate pattern that we then individually water-jetted. The result is really spectacular.” As is the space itself.

Modshop’s custom stools upholstered in plaid Dedar fabric pull up to a bar topped with Verde Alpi marble. Photography by Zack Benson Photography.
The ceiling is clad in custom teak paneling by Talbert, with custom brass-capped LED lighting. Photography by Zack Benson Photography.
Faux flowers wind around the bar’s powder-coated steel trellis. Photography by Zack Benson Photography.
Banquettes in diamond-stitch tufted black velvet are topped in cane, brass, teak, and white travertine, with custom brass light caps spotlighting enviable views downtown. Photography by Zack Benson Photography.
Teak speaker boxes hang via leather straps and brass rods above Malm copper fireplaces. Photography by Zack Benson Photography.
Art Deco doors of teak and brass lead to the downstairs dining room’s suspended steel staircase. Photography by Zack Benson Photography.
Brass tables are topped in white travertine. Photography by Zack Benson Photography.
The white travertine tops of the tables are branded with custom brass logos. Photography by Zack Benson Photography.
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