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Design Find: Ash’Kara’s Playful Geometric Wallpaper

Denver restaurant Ash’Kara gets as much recognition for its design as it does for its Middle Eastern menu. We blame the wallpaper.

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Color was already on Juan Padro’s mind when he began planning Ash’Kara, the ninth addition to his and Katie O’Shea’s restaurant collective Culinary Creative Group. The LoHi eatery would serve Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine—think: labneh, hummus, pita baked in a wood-fired oven—and Padro wanted the space to mimic the vibrant, kaleidoscopic designs of Tel Aviv cafes. David Schaich of Denver design/build firm Shike Design happily complied, cloaking the aforementioned oven with arabesque tiles as blue as the Mediterranean Sea and putting patterned Turkish-style rugs on display. The pièce de résistance, though, is the wallpaper: Custom-designed by Schaich, the geometric pattern reflects the Bauhaus aesthetic sprinkled throughout Tel Aviv in the 1930s, but in a modern blush-and-mint color palette. For Padro, the pastel shades and bold pattern project the modern Israeli city’s whirlwind energy and sense of fun right into Ash’Kara. “The food is great,” Padro says, “but people also walk away talking about how good they felt in the space.”

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