Wexler’s by Aidlin Darling Design
In the heart of San Francisco’s financial district, Aidlin Darling Design was commissioned to transform a dark and cavernous space into a modern setting to showcase his nouvelle barbeque cuisine.
The main focus of the Wexler’s design is a dynamic undulating ceiling installation that literally bridges the gap between old and new before billowing forward to form the entry canopy. The form of the sculpture is evocative of smoke, charred wood, and the skeletal remains of one’s dinner. Though the installation is intensely figural and voluminous, it is composed entirely of flat laser cut MDF fins that simply hook onto two steel rails that follow the curvature of the canopy.
Inside, a restrained palate of rift-sawn oak and zinc is warmed by the honey glow of the lighting. These agrarian materials are treated with an uncharacteristic level of refinement analogous to that of the cuisine, but the neutral envelope allows the impeccably prepared food take center stage.