restaurant

il vecchio is a two thousand square-foot restaurant in California, opened in 2011. Ariele designed and hand-built the interior using reclaimed materials collected from a cross-country drive in a sixteen foot truck, from NY to CA. To read details, hover over the images for more on where the materials came from and how it was constructed. 

The mismatched chairs are all antiques collected from junk stores all across the country.

This wall is a dividing wall between the dining area and the waiting area, and is built from reclaimed plaster lath saved from a dumpster in Brooklyn.

This wall is a dividing wall between the dining area and the waiting area, and is built from reclaimed plaster lath saved from a dumpster in Brooklyn.

This wood paneled wall is pieced together with wood from New York, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and California. Each piece was rescued from collapsed or abandoned grain mills, barns, rail road stations and dumpsters.

The view when you first walk in, this host station is built from an old redwood fence and the windows were donated by a customer during our construction.

The wood wainscoting is an old redwood fence, once painted red, and faded to silver perfection. The green enamel lights were found in junk stores in Virginia, and the various portraits were collected from many different states. Most of them date to early 40's.

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There are over eighty chairs in this restaurant, and most of them were collected in the cross country drive, from states such as New York, Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkanses, Arizona, Texas, and California.

These lights were once industrial whisks, simply wired to hold a light socket.

The chevron wall is built of plaster lath from Brooklyn, and the windows were rescued from various homes. The salvaged beams were installed and notched by hand.

This twenty foot long interior window wall acts as a divider and a sound barrier, making sure the 2000 square foot restaurant remains comfortably quiet.

The wood paneling running along the bottom of the wall is built from old doors found in Brooklyn. The large light fixture is a thirty pound industrial whisk from an antique dough mixer.

This functioning fireplace is original to the building, and was built sometime in the forties. The green enamel lamp was rescued from an old warehouse that was partially destroyed by a fire. We were able to salvage seven of these beautiful fixtures.