Mediterranean fusion: Five ideas from Stonefield’s latest eatery, Parallel 38

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Photography by Meredith Coe Photography by Meredith Coe

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.

Photo: Meredith Coe
Photo: Meredith Coe

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.

Photo: Meredith Coe
Photo: Meredith Coe

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).

Photo: Meredith Coe
Photo: Meredith Coe

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!

 

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