Carolyn Robbins designed Elka's Asian Fusion Restaurant for Elka Gilmore, on a limited budget. It was her first San Francisco hospitality project using all local products and artisans. The Shanghai outdoor market feel of the room and the ambiance of the staff, their spirit and dress was enhanced by the custom built lanterns with papyrus paper shades. The flagstone floor and recycled furnishings added to the elegance and feel of an outdoor dining environment.

Photos by Paul Kagawa