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2 8 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 DESIGN MARKET SAN DIEGO BY AMELIA LEVIN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR cucina SORELLA A colorful and elegant California-inspired Ital- ian kitchen, the Urban Kitchen Group's cucina SORELLA opened in May 2016. It exemplifies restaurateur and visionary Tracy Borkum's signature Bohemian-chic aesthetic, provid- ing pops of flora, plush pillows and ornate fixtures throughout. Borkum transformed the 3,500-square-foot space in the city's bustling Kensington neighborhood into a charming destination emphasizing handmade pasta and shareable plates in a setting that features both a retail and restaurant component. A contrast- ing black-and-white banquette runs the length of one wall, and other design elements include a recycled wood backsplash, damask tile leading into the kitchen, and a botanical motif on the ceiling that is mirrored by splashes of color in the barstools. Three airy and modern glass and brass chandeliers hang above the bar, while tweed pendants highlight the dining area. Plants are positioned over the server sta- tion using retro macrame hangers for another burst of color and nature. Photo by Robert Benson KINDRED Vegan craft cocktail enclave KINDRED is a 2,800-square-foot architectural showpiece. Opened in late 2015, restaurateurs Kory Stetina and Arsalun Tafazoli collaborated with Paul Basile of Basile Studio and ended up with a space that is a creative interplay of dark and light. Floor-to- ceiling windows flip up to allow open-air seating and showcase the exterior marble facade that features a custom laser-cut logo and brass door. Inside, a custom-cut mirrored backlit and coffered ceiling runs the length of the interior and connects to a wall that features hand-carved, textured plaster modeled after Wyoming's iconic Devils Tower igneous rock formation. A 900-pound, four-eyed black wolf with snake horns — hand-carved by Southern California artist Brandon Kihl using a sculpted wire frame covered with expandable foam — serves as the lone decoration. The other walls feature a delicate pink toile pattern (with hidden subversive imagery). An unusual curved seat- ing installation with marble tabletops uses French Rococo furniture crafted from rift-sawn oak. Brown faux-leather seats top white cast-iron stools that are tucked under one side of the 35-foot-long marble bar. Custom-cast steel marble-topped standing tables make room for additional guests. Behind the bar area, black faux-leather booths complete the space. Photos by Paul Body