Interior Design

Realm of the 52 Remedies, Kearny Mesa

Inside Realm of the 52 Remedies, after leaving the boisterous din of Common Theory Public House—the popular neighborhood pub where this hidden bar is housed—guests are propelled into a futuristic apothecary, a bright-white room lined with shelves of glass jars, exotic herbs, roots, and remedies.

Behind another glass door bearing ancient Chinese text representing “Recipes for 52 Ailments,” renowned San Diego-based designer Michael Soriano, known for his down-the-rabbit hole entrances, warps guests through a maze of hanging faux blossoms and fractured temple walls into an awe-inspiring inner sanctuary that speaks of Shanghai circa 1920.

The wealth of eye candy is staggering: metal clouds hover above, along with giant strands of beads that drape from the ceiling. A massive slab of backlit jade onyx anchors the bar, lanterns flicker and swaths of diaphanous fabric swirl overhead as metaphor for China’s ancient Silk Road trade route. Gorgeous gilded naturally-edged wooden tables nod to Japanese aestheticism and the concept of Wabi Sabi—perfection found in imperfection. The breadth of detail: The shadowy mountainscape relief, luxurious wallpaper dotted with antique porcelain “Chinois” plates, and a Blade Runner-esque, black-and-neon blue bathroom pumping K-Pop all make this a truly immersive experience.

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    4805 Convoy Street, San Diego, CA 92111

    Project Owner/Developer:

    Cristian Liang

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    Project Architect/Designer:

    Michael Soriano, Onairos Design

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