We built our first interiors by hand. With grit, grace, and rebel energy we’ve been grinding for 20 years. We grew from a design-build studio to a full-service, boutique interior design firm now executing 15-20 projects per year. Our studio specializes in restaurant design, but our annual project list has expanded to include offices, health and wellness spaces, retail, multi-unit residential, boutique hotels and pop-ups.
We’re not your typical design firm, we playfully refer to ourselves as the “Unicorn Gang.” We are a non-hierarchical studio, meaning all team members are heavily involved in each one of our projects. We all wear many hats, sometimes too many. We are 50% woman owned and have quite an eclectic team. We are big proponents of group learning and mind-expanding activities. We recently brought our entire team to the 2019 Salone del Mobile in Milan, completed 2018 SketchUp Boot Camp in Palm Springs, and traveled to an experimental boutique hotel in Mexico with a group of Architects + Designers.
DISTINCTLY PERSONAL + AUTHENTIC
We strive to create deeply personal connections with our clients and the stories they are trying to tell. Our goal is to express genuine authenticity in each space we design by weaving those personal narratives into every detail.
TIMELESS + TASTEFUL
We aim to strike a balance between aesthetic relevancy and longevity. We hit the pulse of what’s happening right now, while also interpreting it in a way that the heart keeps beating for years to come. Some of our projects have become cult-classics in their communities--still winning awards 10+ years since opening.
CUSTOM + ARTISANAL
Because we began our design story as fabricators, our interiors reflect our expertise as not only designers but also builders. Our fabrication background gives us the technical know-how to pull-off completely custom interiors. As we’ve grown, we’ve curated a wildly talented collective of artisans and makers who help us execute our designs.
REBELLIOUS + INNOVATIVE
We are rebels with many causes. We like to break rules and push boundaries.
We’re not your typical design firm, we choose to be small but mighty. We playfully refer to ourselves as the “Unicorn Gang.” We are a non-hierarchical studio, meaning all team members are heavily involved in each one of our projects. We all wear many hats, sometimes too many. We are 50% woman owned and have quite an eclectic team. We are big proponents of group learning and mind-expanding activities.
Over the years, we’ve built a diverse network of clients. Quite often, we are in the business of dream-fulfillment for sole owners, chefs, creators, and the like. Because we work so closely with our clients, we’ve been lucky enough to develop long-lasting relationships with many. It’s typical for us to go on to design several projects for each of our clients. We’re genuinely invested in their long-term success.
SCALE OF WORK
We don’t just stop at finishes and furniture. From concepting through construction, we are immersed in every aspect of our clients business. We are typically brought onto the project team before a lease has even been signed--offering up our mind reading, advocacy, and business advice from the very get go.
Full Service Interior Design
Custom Furniture + Lighting
Brand DNA Development
Menu + Uniform Design
Press + Awards
2020 HOSPITALITY DESIGN MAGAZINE Remedy Place
2020 DOMINO This Painted Pool Will Perk Up Your Day
2019 VOGUE 8 Spas to Seek Out in the New Year
2019 INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE Bells + Whistles-Designed “Social Wellness Club” Remedy Place
2019 SAN DIEGO EATER Brian Malarkey Brings Herb & Sea Ashore in Encinitas
2019 MODERN LUXURY What a Gem!
2019 CONDE NAST TRAVELER 25 Best Restaurants in San Diego
2019 SAN DIEGO EATER Curtains Rise On Brian Malarkey’s Opulent Pan Asian Palace
2019 AIA LA CITATION AWARD Jeune et Jolie
2019 BIB GOURMAND Campfire
2019 BIB GOURMAND Lola 55
2019 BIB GOURMAND Broken Spanish
2019 HOSPITALITY DESIGN MAGAZINE Finalist Hospitality Design Women In Design
2018 AIA LA PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD Campfire
2018 LUX LIFE Leading Designer Award
2017 HOSPITALITY DESIGN MAGAZINE Wave of the Future Honoree
2017 HOSPITALITY DESIGN MAGAZINE Bäcoshop Debuts in LA
2017 HOSPITALITY DESIGN MAGAZINE Next:Gen
2017 LA TIMES Wave of the Future Honoree
2017 HOSPITALITY DESIGN MAGAZINE Bäcoshop, Josef Centeno’s Culver City fast-casual restaurant
2017 SD HOME & GARDEN New Ideas Sparked in Auto Shop
2016 WORKSHOP CO-OP Designers on the Rise
2016 SAN DIEGO FOOD FINDS Campfire in Carlsbad
2016 DISCOVER SD The Best Designed Restaurants of 2016
2016 HOSPITALITY INTERIORS Bracero Cocina de Raiz
2016 WORLD INTERIOR NEWS Bracero Cocina
2016 USA TODAY Reader's Choice Best Restaurants 2016
2015 HGTV: FRESH FACES IN DESIGN Broken Spanish
2015 WALLPAPER Broken Spanish
2015 LIFE + FOOD Step Inside: Javier Plascencia's Bracero in San Diego
2015 RIVIERA MAGAZINE Reader's Choice: Favorite Interior Design Firm
2014 INTERNATIONAL STORE DESIGN AWARDS Juice Served Here
2014 SAN DIEGO INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS Best Designer
2014 EATER LOS ANGELES Juice Served Here's Bright, Angular Venice Cafe Will Inspire Health
2014 RESTAURANT & BAR DESIGN Blue Ocean Sushi Bar: Bells & Whistles
2014 EATER SAN DIEGO Name Revealed for Javier Plascencia's Little Italy Project
2014 CA HOME + DESIGN AWARDS Juice Served Here Opens in Venice
2014 INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE Big Ideas: Growing Green
2014 DESIGN MILK Friday Five with Bells & Whistles
2014 VOYEUR DESIGN Geometría y elegancia en Juice Served Here, por Bells & Whistles
2013 CA HOME + DESIGN AWARDS Juice Served Here
2013 URDESIGN Juice Served Here Los Angeles by Bells Whistles