This was a restaurant for noted chef Eberhard Muller, in the Water Garden business park at the inland edge of Santa Monica. The menu featured seafood, and the design incorporated "waves" of texture and color. The entry and bar areas received slate flooring. The curvilinear ceiling and coves were painstakingly shaped from thin gypsum board. The upper ceiling was lined with cork, for aesthetics and sound control.
The cove lighting and "light struts" were illuminated with dimmable low-voltage linear incandescents, which resulted in a pleasing glow with relatively low energy consumption and excellent bulb life. All the interior paneling was Swiss pearwood.
The surrounds at the leather-upholstered booths were thin semicircular blades. Even the service stations and Eliason door into the kitchen received pearwood veneer. All these details were hand drawn, of course.
The project was published in numerous magazines, and the restaurant was well received as well. Unfortunately, Opus suffered from its inconspicuous location, tucked away from the street in the business park, and foundered a few years after opening.
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