Pecado Bueno – Redmond signage goes up

Pecado Bueno - new signage mounted on canopy edge

Pecado Bueno – new signage mounted on canopy edge

The new Pecado Bueno opened last week without the benefit of its’ sign package, but the majority of it arrived this Wednesday and is now operational. My designs were executed by the Tube Art Group, based out of Bellevue, WA and they did a fine job. The designs call for a hand painted background of a dark mottled brown on top of a brighter burnt sienna color for an old leathery look. This is the sort of thing I would have done by myself some years ago, but requires a bit of trust when relying on a shop that is miles away. (Tube Art fabricates their signs over the mountains, in Yakima). So, they proved themselves to me on this one.

Pecado Bueno at Redmond Town Center - Cantina entry sign

Pecado Bueno at Redmond Town Center – Cantina entry sign

The vinyl on the windows in both these shots is what’s left of the temporary construction signage. This has now come down and simple descriptive strips will wrap the window wall by next week. A few more finishing touches await but the location is now fully operational and enjoying a steady lunch and dinner crowd already.

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Otter Bar & Burger – opens today

Otter Bar - shot of mock service prior to opening

Otter Bar – shot of mock service prior to opening

Otter Bar and Burger, in Seattle at Eastlake Ave and Louisa St is now open as of today, August 4, 2017.

This was done on the ‘shoestring’ side of restaurant designs that I seem to be doing a fair amount of lately. While not the showiest by any stretch of the imagination, there is still a lot of potential in just about any space not matter how modest. It helps if the desired outcome is to create a neighborhood establishment that feels comfortable and unpretentious. Also, a corner location with good natural light is a real plus to start with.

The owners, who also own the Blue Water Taco Grills around town,  involved me from the start and I got to be involved in every aspect of the design except for the floor plan which had already been decided.

I’m looking forward to see how the well the neighborhood there embraces this casual addition. And though the atmosphere is meant to be relaxed, head chef Zephyr Paquette is as serious as they make them when it comes to creating great menu offerings. Expect above average bar food to come out of the kitchen.

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LunchBox Lab at Redmond Town Center taking shape

LunchBox Lab sign at new Redmond location

LunchBox Lab sign at new Redmond location

Its been a a long time coming but the new location of LunchBox Lab is in the final weeks of construction before an opening sometime before the middle of August. I’ve designed this interior and exterior from the ground up, working with SGID on an empty shell, and I’m trying to take the brand to a higher, more defined level.

Construction progress shot of LunchBox Lab interior

Construction progress shot of LunchBox Lab interior

I’ll be posting more details as they take final shape. My design effort is focused on connecting the mid-century excitement for a technological future with todays digital millennials. There was so much in the low resolution world of future science that spurred young minds in the 50’s and 60’s. While we didn’t get our jet packs, we have arrived at our current digital mobile landscape. The optimism and energy expressed by the now retro entertainment is something that we need to continue to find in ourselves as we search for solutions to the challenges we face as a planet.

LunchBox Lab - entry concept sketch (early state)

LunchBox Lab – entry concept sketch (early state)

This location will feature the same LunchBox Laboratory over-the-top burgers and shakes but in a fast casual model, the Lab version. This will be a testing ground for the LunchBox Lab going forward.

 

 

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Otter Bar mural

Otter Bar - mural with vintage single engine Otter seaplane

Otter Bar – mural with vintage single engine Otter seaplane

As the Otter Bar & Burger takes final shape in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood, I recently completed a vintage flavored diagrammatic mural wall for the space. This was hand painted using a combination of paint markers and brushes, using Golden fluid acrylics.

The namesake mural gives the space its main visual focus and ties a lot of the colors together at the same time. The soft aged ochre echoes the butcher block tables and the grey blues are meant to relate to the painted bead-board that is used on the bar front and side walls.

Otter bar mural - detail shot

Otter bar mural – detail shot

The topographical map that I referred for this wasn’t dated but was obviously from quite early in Seattle’s history. A lot of the streets shown don’t even connect with one another and bare little resemblance to todays traffic layout. The rendering of the plane is not highly detailed but gets the idea across. Kenmore Air, operating out of their terminal docks on Lake Union, still uses Otters and Beavers to ferry passengers up north to the San Juan Islands and further afield, though they are the updated versions. The DHC-3 Otter debuted in 1951 and this is drawn from the proportions of that era.

Otter Bar & Burger - original mural proposal sketch

Otter Bar & Burger – original mural proposal sketch

 

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‘Squeeze Lift’ – mixed media wall sculpture

Squeeze Lift; 7-17 (sml)

‘Squeeze Lift’ – wall sculpture by Robert Williamson; 7/17

This morning Jury Garner helped me install a new wall sculpture for the Pecado Bueno location that will be opening soon at the Redmond Town Center. This is a new take on the two Lucha Libre wrestlers that I did for him originally, seven years ago. That earlier piece was later picked up by Nordstroms who commissioned me to make 8 scaled copies which now activate the ‘mens active wear’ (or something) in about 8 cities in North America.

'Squeeze Lift' - in progress in the studio

‘Squeeze Lift’ – in progress in the studio

I do like this new composition, with the large negative space between the bottom floor section and upper figure. And the whole cantilevered nature of the pose is something that I feel in my body when looking at it.

While I try to make these out of scrounged wood pieces, in this case I found a fat weathered chunk of western red cedar and ripped it into strips to achieve a similar effect. All except for the flooring, which is made of the crusty trimmings of the old windows that I’ve been painting on.

'Squeeze Lift' - colored preperatory iPad sketch of composition

‘Squeeze Lift’ – colored preperatory iPad sketch of composition

 

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