I'm a bit late to the game with this post because The Perennial has been making headlines since it opened it's doors back in January! Karen and Anthony contacted me at the end of last year in need of images for their new restaurant. When they contacted me and told me about the concept behind their newest venture (their previous ventures include Mission Chinese Food and Commonwealth) I happily jumped at the chance to shoot the new space located at 9th and Market.
The Perennial focuses on sustainability from every angle from how their raw ingredients are sourced to their architecture and design (for more info on their awesome sustainability model visit SF Eater).
The Perennial was designed by Paul Discoe, who is also a master woodworker and works exclusively with reclaimed lumber. Paul Discoe Design built all of the wood in the space including the Douglas Fir bar, poplar chairs, cypress and black acacia tables, and posts made of wood recovered from the Transbay Terminal. (Insider tip: Paul also designed The Perennial’s aquaponic greenhouse located in Oakland near his studio). The dining room ceiling is woven from wood shavings produced during milling of the wooden posts. The design team for the Perennial really did think of everything and their attention to sustainability is also present in the rug, tiling, barstools, plaster, glass, lighting, menus and even tableware (they feed their worn out napkins to their worms back the greenhouse) For more info on the sources and design process you can visit The Perennial.