Project: Enoteca Nostrana Portland Oregon USA
Interior Design: Potestio Studio
Photos: John Valls
April 2018 saw the opening of award-winning chef Cathy Whims’ and partner David West’s innovative and design-forward new wine bar Enoteca Nostrana, located next door to Nostrana, their renowned Italian restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Created by Rick Potestio in close collaboration with Director of Operations Nicholas Suhor, the bright, fresh interior with its bold geometry, intense color palette and heavy use of patterns takes its cue from the work of the Memphis Group, founded by Ettore Sottsass, a Milan-based design collective that produced post-modern furniture and art pieces in the 1980s. Deep indigo sets the background atmosphere, layered with pops of color like surf blue and pale pink.
A 15-seat quartz bar is lined with Champagne cork-inspired bar stools designed by renowned Italian design studio Orlandini Radice. Striking, intricately patterned custom tilework by Portland-based architect Rick Potestio runs from the floor all the way up the faces of the bar and stairs. All the lights, whether sitting atop the quartz bar, suspended from the ceilings or fixed to the walls are from the iconic Anglepoise Original 1227 Range, featured in sizes from Mini to Giant and including a new Original 1227 Mini Ceramic Pendant Cluster. But the glowing heart of Enoteca has to be their two-storey, glass fronted wine cellar, housing Enoteca and Nostrana’s impressive wine inventory (some 2000 + bottles) at optimum temperature. Here an Original 1227 Giant Brass Floor Lamp stands guard!