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PROJECT | MESO

Urban Retreat
Arcsine crafts modern Mediterranean flair in a San Jose restaurant
By Alia Akkam
Photography by Patricia Chang

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urrounded by Southern Europe, the Middle East, and North
Africa, the Mediterranean Sea unites diverse nations. It is
this mélange of countries, sharing one glorious coastline,
that inspired Left Bank restaurant group, known for its California
steakhouse and brasseries in San Jose, Larkspur, and Menlo Park, to
open Meso. Just as the menu draws from the vast region, Oaklandbased architecture and design firm Arcsine ensured that the space
elegantly mirrors these varied cultures by shunning kitschy overtly
ornamental motifs, opting instead for modern influences.
Located in San Jose's shop- and restaurant-packed Santana
Row, Meso stands out with a blush-toned stucco mural, painted by
San Francisco decorative artist Caroline Lizarraga, that blankets the
façade. It's reminiscent of rammed earth, the natural construction
material common to houses built across the Mediterranean.

"We wanted Meso to pop out from afar," says Arcsine interior
designer Soo Yoo, noting that the layered artwork makes a vibrant
backdrop to the graphic tile-covered al fresco tables spanning
the storefront. "Then, as you walk through the restaurant, there
are more elements of surprise: nice, cozy parts and also moments
of complexity."
Seating 200, and showcasing ceilings that soar some 16 feet,
Meso's lofty interior radiates warmth because of "the interesting
journey" Arcsine created, as Yoo puts it. One standout is the
terrazzo-enveloped bar wall with its thin, intricately patterned white
metal screens that call to mind patterns found in Moroccan riads
hanging above. Custom rope installations, courtesy of San Francisco
knot artist Windy Chien, establish subtle partitions, "but also a visual
connection so that you feel protected," adds Yoo.

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PRESIDENT’S LETTER
GUEST PERSPECTIVE
WHO’S WHO
CONFERENCE ROUNDUP
HAVE YOU SEEN?
SCHOLARSHIPS
SCHOLARSHIP HEROES
INTERVIEW
SUSTAINABILITY
Q&A: KELLY IRVOLINO
Q&A: MANUELA KENNEDY
Q&A: JONATHAN YOUNG
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PROJECT: CONRAD NEW YORK MIDTOWN
PROJECT: MESO
PROJECT: NH COLLECTION MILANO PORTA NUOVA
PROJECT: THE CENTENNIAL
PROJECT: THE WILBUR
CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS
SAVE THE DATE
NEW MEMBERS
PARTNER PROFILES
AD INDEX
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