Olle Lundberg is famous for his many outstanding interior designs, but the seminal project that launched his firm into restaurant design was his work on Charles Phan's award-winning restaurant, The Slanted Door. To complement the San Francisco-based restaurant's emphasis on fresh and organic ingredients, Lundberg used a simple palette of high quality materials, such as salvaged cypress wood slabs and raw steel, to create custom contemporary furnishings.
Completed in 2004, the contemporary Slanted Door restaurant has developed into one of San Francisco’s most popular and highest-grossing dining destinations, as evidenced by its 2014 James Beard award. Inspired by the restaurant’s location inside the city’s Ferry Building, Lundberg created a beautiful stacked glass wall that when backlit, evokes an image of water. The silver joints in the glass bar backsplash also conjure up images of a school of herring, and the live edge of the cypress slabs recall driftwood to complete the seaside imagery.
Due to the short construction time, Lundberg Design built much of the custom furnishings and lighting in-house, from the stacked glass wall to the outdoor log benches. Since the completion of The Slanted Door, Lundberg has moved on to design all of acclaimed chef Charles Phan’s other restaurants.