Esters Wine Shop

Santa Monica


A 1,600 square foot wine shop and bar for Rustic Canyon Restaurant Group’s wine director and noted sommelier Kathryn Coker. 


Housed in a 1937 Art Deco building, the intimate wine shop seats forty inside and thirty on the patio. The design combines raw materials and modern elements with an eclectic mix of custom, new and vintage furnishings, creating a timeless backdrop to showcase an extensive wine selection. 

A large unfinished concrete column in the middle of the space serves as the anchor point for the design. Wrapping the column, the bar has a decorative relief plaster front and a fluted opal, mirror and brass inlay terrazzo countertop inspired by the elegance of art-deco details. Wine displayed on stained oak and steel shelves line the perimeter, concealing kitchen and service areas. Repurposed steel frame windows left over from the building renovation enclose the wine cellar.


Furniture was selected for a variety of dining experiences. Custom designed pieces in mixed metals, marbles and woods along with found pieces, including the large beaded crystal chandelier and 1920’s industrial stools in the retail area create a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere. A cozy nook adjacent to the wine cellar juxtaposes color and texture, furnishings and fabrics. Outside a shaded patio is carved out of a former loading dock on the sidewalk. Lined with fruit trees, patio seating includes comfy lounge chairs, wood benches and a custom steel and tile communal table.


2015 Los Angeles Times


Renderings and plan © ORA, photos © Eric Staudenmaier