Old Hollywood

Wendy Polstein
Words By Brian Shuff
Photos By Anthony Di Biase
Project Location:Portland|Design & Build:NMT Woodworking|Interior Designer:Wendy Polstein of Quill Design|Tile & Surfaces:Paul White Company|Barstools: Nate Deyesso of DSO Creative Fabrication|Upholstery:Pistol Pete Upholstery Design|Consultants: Linda Davies and Joshua Miranda

Via Vecchia drips with 1920s Euro mystique.One of the first things we did was paint the entire ceiling metallic gold, to warm the space and be sure we gave it a glow, says designer Wendy Polstein. Carefully placed chandeliers, antique pendant lights, and lampposts framing the booths all reflect from the ceiling onto a rich assemblage of textures—green velvet against brick, quartz on the bar, live flora on the walls—and delicious tilework by Paul White. We love the traditional blackandwhite hex mosaic track at the bar base. “It anchors the bar to the space and makes it seem as though its been there a long while, says Wendy. We want to stay all night. 

Presiding over the back bar is a huge iron-and-crystal chandelier sourced from Union Station alongside eight lights from the Waldorf Astoria.
Via Vecchia’s elegant interior nods to 1920s European bistros.

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