Interior Design

Morning Glory, Little Italy

Another custom design by Paul Basile of BASILE Studio, Morning Glory is a breakfast-and-cocktail restaurant, which opened in April 2019. Basile once again presents a fresh and unexpected design with the exquisite second-story, 4,000-square-foot interior that overlooks the Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy. As with all BASILE designs, this project is almost entirely custom fabricated in-house at his downtown San Diego design studio and installed on-site by his team of artisans. Basile’s 1980s inspiration showcases a palette of muted green, pops of pink, and terrazzo as well as nods to early Frank Lloyd Wright with walnut finishes, mixed metals, and signature-inspired architectural lighting and chandelier installations. Above the pastry bar, a copper clad and backlit pink acrylic starburst welcomes guests. The main interior dining room showcases several intricate seating areas including a two-toned, dusty rose, custom leather bolster “lipstick booth,” and organic Douglas-fir-carved booth system ergonomically contoured to the body. On the exterior, the high-polish, copper-shingled, chevron siding highlights the articulating animated window system that acts as a beacon on one of Little Italy’s most iconic corners. The pink-painted steel windows were developed with Basile’s sophisticated electronics system and dance throughout the day according to the level of available sunlight.

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    Orchid Nominee

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    550 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101

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    Arsalun Tafazoli/CH Projects

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    Project Architect/Designer:

    Paul Basile/BASILE Studio

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