Food/Design: Gitane

Architecture & Interiors

What is it about the gypsy culture that’s so darn attractive? Is it their indeterminable style? Their ability to always have a good time? Or is it that they live in a world where they control what they do and when they do it—a luxury many of us in this busy modern world do not have but would gladly seek.

Well San Francisco residents and visitors have a spot they can go to seek this gypsy lifestyle—and it’s due in no small part to the absolutely spectacular interior design of a bar and restaurant called Gitane. Named after the French word for gypsy, gitan, Gitane is a visual feast for all the senses. Custom-made fabrics are detailed, textural and sumptuous. Light levels come in all sorts of colors and just the right levels of dimness.

Art is vivacious, full of life and bold. There’s really nothing here that’s not designed—no surface left untouched and not given the gypsy treatment and yet, this place isn’t overwhelming. It’s not overstimulating. It doesn’t overshadow the real stars of the place—the people and the menu. The real testament to the firm, Mr. Important (isn’t that the best name for a firm EVER?) isn’t that this is a gorgeous space, it’s that they were somehow able to completely embody the soul of being gypsy: controlled chaos.

Images: Interior shots – Courtesy of Mr.Important, photo by Jeff Dow via yatzer; food – Sfist by By Tiffany Maleshefski and kblood on dishola.

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  1. Teena

    Oct 31, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I love the interiors.

  2. Ashwin

    Nov 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Wow! Thanks for sharing.

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