Bouli Bar is a new 50-seat offshoot of the Boulette’s Larder restaurant at the renowned Ferry Building in San Francisco, California.
“Bouli Bar is located on the south end of the central nave of the Ferry Building. The goal was to enliven that part of the central nave without compromising the intimacy of the dining experience. A dining room, organized as if it were a stage set, is located at the entry to the restaurant. An oversized communal table, with oversized Tom Dixon pendants dominates this scene.
Behind the table a curtain made of lustrous brass ball chain acts as a backdrop to the space and a screen to the dining room beyond. In this way the front room offers a carefully constructed view to the corridor and simultaneously shields the main dining room from the bustle and noise of the Ferry Building’s communal hallway.
At Bouli Bar, American white oak, sealed with a transparent matte finish, dominates the spaces. The dining tables, bars, cabinetry and wainscoting are all crafted in this wood. The Bouli Bar palette is further defined by naval bronze and terrazzo counters, a naval bronze wood-burning oven and a large smoked mirror. The black ceiling is punctuated by a selection of black and brass Tom Dixon pendant lamps, which provide the ideal counterpoint to the black Hans Wegner dining chairs and infuse the room with a warm, golden light.
By day, Bouli Bar serves both lunch and dinner and is also a resource for obsessive cooks, working families and commuters who crave healthy, delicious, food, but have no time to cook during the week. They are able to bring home a cornucopia of pre-cooked takeout items to re-create a meal at home.
Design Architect: Kallos Turin
Local Architect of Record: Bassel Samaha of Samaha+Hart
Custom Furniture: George Slack Cabinet Makers
Photos: Mariko Reed/Erin Scott. kallosturin.com