The Selzim Restaurant Group commissioned UXUS to create a ‘world class’ environment for their new restaurant, Ella Dining Room & bar, located in the heart of Sacramento, California, USA 2 blocks away from the State Capitol Building.
The restaurant is named after executive Chef’s Randell Selland’s (of the Kitchen Restaurant and Selland’s Market-Café) granddaughter Ella. Ella Dining Room & Bar serves ‘Modern American Bistro’ cuisine. The owners wanted the restaurant to become ‘Sacramento’s living room’, an urban oasis where lawmakers and other diners can go and unwind after a long day’s work. The design objective for Ella’s was to create a brand that embodies the principles of ‘Rustic Luxury’ and that celebrates an elegant, relaxed contemporary lifestyle. Rustic Luxury, as defined by Ella’s, offers its guests an experience that combines the simple and natural pleasures of dining at a dear friend’s home, at their table d’hôte or host’s table. The concept playfully casts familiar objects into new uses and there is a recurrent theme of contrasting the old with the new, the smooth with the rough, the inside with the outside, and the humble with the opulent. Given the culinary influences of Ella’s menu, the color palette took its inspiration from an abstraction of the western Mediterranean. The dominant color scheme encompasses neutral shades of bone white, natural linen, stone gray and taupe, with highlights of rich metallic gold and the deep weathered hues brought by the salvaged painted wood shutters. The floor tiles are all artisanal hand-made cement tiles in three subtle shades, arranged in a random patchwork to mirror the ceiling. All of these elements come together at Ella Dining Room & Bar to form an intimate and convivial dining experience; the embodiment of “Rustic Luxury” right at the heart of California’s State Capital.
Photographs: Mathijs Wessing