Good design can be found almost anywhere. This month, we’re taking our cues from Justin Ross’ long-awaited Stonefield eatery Parallel 38. Like its menu, the restaurant’s décor is a mixed bag of modern, rustic, and ethnic, with woodsy accents and oil-rubbed bronze finishes. Ross and his girlfriend were involed in every aspect of the restaurant’s design, right down to the lighting. Here’s how it all came together.
An elaborate chalk drawing by Virginia-based artist Sam Welty (757-692-9845, samwelty.com) adorns the back wall of the restaurant, depicting the regions along the 38th parallel: the Greek Ionian Islands, Spain’s Alicante region, Calabria in Italy, the Setubal Peninsula in Portugal, Napa Valley in California, and Central Virginia. Love that wall color? It’s food themed: Benjamin Moore’s Black Bean Soup.
Custom walnut woodwork from Esmont’s Lost Mountain Woodcrafts (531-5682) provide space for the small-plate restaurant’s extensive wine list and a communal table for 12. Ross sourced the pendant lighting from Richmond-based Gypsy Hill Electric (804-921-5652, gypsyhillelectric.com).
The lounge tables came from Old Cold Storage Warehouse (263-4369, nelsonstoragellc.com) in Nelson, which specializes in reclaiming architectural and industrial salvage and antiques. They’re actually refurbished railroad carts!