Rich Backdrops

Barrett Made
Words By Brian Shuff
Photos By Erin Little

Project Location:

Barrett Made

General Contractor:

Erin Little

The soaring drama of Batson River’s flagship Portland location owes no small part of its panache to project architect Brian Knipp’s careful incorporation of vertical profiles. Black tambour paneling on the front bar, endcaps, and banquettes stretches the space skyward. Batson Creative Director Krista Stokes oversaw the selection of interior color and texture palettes and personally selected the sublime mash-up of vintage finds that gives the restaurant its Gatsby-meets-hunting-lodge vibe. At The Garrison in Yarmouth, Vice President and Director of Design Services Matthew Ahlberg hoped to let the existing mill serve as “a rich backdrop to the theater of the dining room and kitchen.” Spare alterations and a minimal palette complement the texture of brick and timber framing. A painting commissioned from local artist Jenny Prinn hangs adjacent to the bar 

In summer, diners sit at open windows right over the Royal River, says Brian.