James Beard Award Finalist: Farmshop

Congratulations to our local Farmshop in Brentwood for placing as a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design.  This restaurant has become a fast favorite for me and they are truly deserving.

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Owner: Jeff Cerciello
Designer: Commune
Also nominated last year for Outstanding Restaurant Graphics, Santa Monica’s Farmshop is the creation of former Thomas Keller Restaurant Group culinary director Jeff Cerciello. Commune Design was responsible for the look and feel of the restaurant that Eater LA writes serves “seasonal California cuisine” and includes a market offering artisan wares and, of course, cheese, charcuterie, and more. Cerciello’s wife Kira Cunningham serves as Farmshop’s creative director) and she tells Eater that it was immediately clear to her that Commune was the right firm for the job in creating a “raw but elegant space that was above all really comfortable”. Cunningham was going for approachable and so the restaurant uses natural materials in their raw form (such as perhaps the subway tiles lining the walls) but combines those with elements like teal mohair banquettes and dark walnut tables.
Cunningham also explains that, like the rest of the restaurant, the design was a collaboration with local artists and artisans who were responsible for the mural in the back, the macrame light fixtures, those walnut tables, and more. Beyond that, she says, “Farmshop needed to have character and SOUL” The James Beard Foundation isn’t alone in recognizing Farmshop’s beauty. The restaurant/market was also nominated for LA’s Stone Cold Stunner in the 2012 Eater Awards.


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