Offering sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, the recently expanded Hog Island Oyster Bar was designed as an homage to good food, as well as the surrounding rustic community and sustainable farming
practices that produce it.
“The Hog Island farm in Marshall on Tomales Bay is where it all began
and is still the beating heart of Hog Island,” said Barbara Turpin-Vickroy, interior
design director for CCS. “The founding partners have a strong foundation of
colleagues, customers, and neighbors that all share a passion for oysters and
the lifestyle that comes with them. They believe that
good things grow slowly and that is the way they
approached this restaurant.”
The bar now offers seating for 65 inside and 65
outside. Three anchors ground the space: a 10-seat
cocktail bar, a 16-seat oyster bar facing the Bay, and an
intimate 7-seat chef’s counter that offers mirror-reflected Bay views. Table seating
accommodates most patrons, and communal tables are offered for larger parties.
“Lots of thought and care went into planning every aspect. It was a collabora-
tion that evolved organically and creatively,” Turpin-Vickroy explained. “It takes
a dedicated team of people with a wide range of skills to take an oyster from a
tiny seed to your plate. The same dedication was put into this design.”
The area’s history and geography is referenced in the fabrication and artwork
from local artists and craftsmen. The interior’s nautical design features a dramatic
hull-shaped ceiling of wood and rope, a nod to Hog Island’s original boat,
Spatz. It also includes recycled materials like oyster shells, reclaimed ipe
wood, and once-submerged East Coast sinker cypress.
“The site is a tribute,” added Turpin-Vickroy. “It reflects the casual, natural,
and rustic beauty of the community.”
The Casper collection of pendants draws inspiration
from common biomorphic forms. Hand-blown from
partially recycled colored glass, in Brooklyn.
Housing the shucking station and serving as the visual
focal point of the layout, this U-shaped bar includes custom
drainage, glass viewing partitions, and hand-placed oyster
shell slices from the original Hog Island farm.
This multi-disciplinary firm is based in Brooklyn and
believes that each of its pieces should be conceived and
produced to add greater good in the world, evident in
their creative reuse of materials into fine furniture.