In redesigning the interiors, partners Adam Farmerie, William Harris, Greg Bradshaw and Kristina O’Neal changed the look from a nostalgic turn-of-the-century boarding house to one that is all about the food and its origin.
The partners loved the historic look and feel of the turn-of-the-century building and let it be the architectural star. The main dining room is casually elegant, the custom lighting “simple and restrained. There was no need to be loud,” says Bradshaw.
In the same way, the firm designed the roof top lounge to accentuate rather than detract from the views of historic Napa, the river and the rolling hills beyond. As Bradshaw explained, guests can experience the vista through a canopy of string lights while gently rocking on the glider against the softness of the rich plaid throws.
The name NINEBARK derives from a local shrub that peels back layers of bark during the winter, in the same way Chef Lightner unveils layers of flavor with hyper-seasonal ingredients. The restaurant, too, takes its design cues from nature, subtly weaving herbs and edible flowers into the decor.