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Staple & Fancy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ballard, Seattle, WA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hospitality                              

Staple & Fancy is a restaurant among Ethan Stowell’s extensive repertoire, located in Ballard. Housed within the century-old Kolstrand Building in the old industrial area of Ballard, Staple & Fancy is the fifth restaurant by celebrated chef Ethan Stowell. We felt fortunate to be working in a space already filled with so much character, and our design strategy was to respect the history and character of the place. The existing painted brick walls and rough timber framing were left exposed, with the brick wall becoming a main focal point of the restaurant.

We designed a banquette along one of the brick walls, allowing diners an unobstructed view of the artistry happening in the kitchen. Sliding timber and glass doors in the back connect Staple & Fancy with a neighboring restaurant and create a detailing vocabulary. That vocabulary is carried through in the dividers between seating and the server station. The banquette and booths were conceived as objects and furniture sitting lightly in the space.

Part of the design challenge was to respect and celebrate the already amazing qualities of the original space. Together working with designer Mark Wolf, we used light strategically; an original painted wall advertisement is bathed in a warm glow, becoming the focal point for the space. Watching the chef and crew prepare delicious dishes using fresh local ingredients is part of the experience of dining at Staple and Fancy. The storefront opens completely to the sidewalk and an outdoor seating area. This allows diners to enjoy people watching and that rare Seattle good weather, while also providing pedestrians a glimpse into the action inside.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT Geoffrey Smith/LookatLao Studios



PROJECT Staple & Fancy - New Restaurant Tenant Improvements (TI)

PROJECT MANAGER Henry Walters

GENERAL CONTRACTOR CD Built

DATE OF COMPLETION 2010