Our project Bar Pastoral—Pastoral founders Ken Miller and Greg O’Neill’s wine and cheese bar—opened on November 12, revealing dishes inspired by the partners’ obsessively good collection of cheeses and wines. Ken and Greg’s vision was for the space to be a natural extension of their Pastoral retail stores, inviting customers to get ideas for enjoying Pastoral’s products in their own home in an atmosphere excellent for relaxed dining and conversation. We designed Bar Pastoral with this in mind, transforming a narrow Lakeview storefront into a warm, rustic space that was inspired by our trip to Loire Valley, France.
To make the very narrow building we were dealing with feel as spacious as possible, we put in a barrel vaulted ceiling, which in addition to bringing the feel of a cheese and wine cave to Chicago, helps diffuse light, making the space feel wider than it is.
Just as Ken and Greg curate the finest products from around the globe, we seek out the most unique materials and artisans from in and around Chicago to create a cohesive space with a lot of local character. The light fixtures, created from reclaimed butter churn handles and milking machinery were dreamed up by local artisan Ted Harris, and the natural plaster finish was applied by Chicago artisan Anna Wolfson, both of whom share our enthusiasm for materials and methods that are kinder to the environment.
We reused the storefront metal trim to line the edges of the custom round table towards the back of the space, and the gorgeous custom bar top is antique oak. The custom herringbone wine shelves are reclaimed Black Walnut barnwood from Cambridge, IL.
At moss, we try to create authentic, individualized and culturally-inspired threads in our architecture. This project in particular honors the preservation of the most meticulous and high quality traditional methods for creating wines and cheeses, and we are happy to be a part of encouraging small batch, slow food production, and celebrating the unique gift of local Chicago artisans to give Bar Pastoral a local, yet global feel.
To read more about aesthetic choices and influences on Bar Pastoral, read our post about starting construction on the project.
General Contractor: InFocus Builders
Plaster: Anna Wolfson
Movie: Nick Martin Film
Downlights: WAC Lighting
Directional spotlights: Tech Lighting
Pendants: Reclaimed from Architectural Anarchy and Urban Remains
Custom Pendants: Ted Harris
Banquette: Custom designed by moss
Main bar counter: Circular Sawn Antique Oak from Viridian Reclaimed Wood
Cheese bar: Soapstone top with reclaimed tin front
Bar footrests: Hot rolled steel, custom designed by moss
Door hardware: Schlage
Wood cladding: Reclaimed Douglas Fir from Viridian Reclaimed Wood
Plumbing fixtures: Kohler
Restroom sink: Soapstone, custom designed by moss
Flooring: Reclaimed black walnut from Carlson’s
Wine shelf: Reclaimed black walnut, Custom designed by moss
Shelves: Hot rolled steel
Restroom tile: The Tile Shop