Handrail at the Slow Club - San Francisco
Could it be that the Slow Club has been around for 20 years? The industrial chic look that exploded on the scene during first dot-com bonanza was spear-headed by restaurants such as the Slow Club at 2501 Mariposa. Bare concrete, steel, and wood, seasoned the space with a studied tough no fuss attitude.
It was noisy, crowded and the food prepared in the exposed kitchen was good. The bar at the back of the restaurant is connected to the main dining room by a ramp with these hand rails. Handcrafted angular steel brackets hold up the wood handrail. Notice where the bracket attaches to the wood handrail. If you are truly gripping the handrail, your hand will hit the handrail. This is the same problem with the handrail at the Bakar Fitness Center in San Francisco. Contrast this with the curved handrail brackets at the Brera Museum and at the Tivoli Garden's villa d'Este shown in an earlier blog. Those Italians designers were really thinking!
Twenty years later, the Slow Club looks the same and still contemporary -- others have caught up. Now it's less crowded, but the food is still consistently good. I'm always there for lunch, never for dinner.
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