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Wednesday, September 2, 2015


BASILE BUILT--The Paul Basile designed bar stool is from the Broadstone Balboa Park, a designer home project in Park West.  The original piece is an example of the design elements to be featured in Paul Basile’s custom retail operation to open this Fall.  Image: Cory Ring.
Look for top San Diego restaurant designer Paul Basile to launch his new virtual showroom and retail marketplace later this fall.  Called Basile Built, the new line of his signature furniture, lighting and accessories, will begin accepting online custom orders from his collection within the month.

Because Basile Studio is widely known for turning out some of the city’s most innovative commercial projects including Quartyard, Car2Go, Broadstone Balboa Park and award-winning restaurants such as Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant, Market and Plan Check, not so many realize Basile began his career fabricating furniture and staircases.

For fans who frequent his repertoire of hip restaurants and cocktail bars, a selection of windows, doors, furniture, lighting and bar accessories from some of Basile Studio’s most well known projects will now translate to residential availability.

The Basile Built collection will include sketched items that have never made it past the studio cutting room floor, found objects and vintage treasures that Basile has collected from obscure locations, and unique art works custom made by Paul himself.

“I opened Basile Studio in 1994 and in those early years before my restaurant designing career, I built the foundation of my business on a small line of handmade furniture so this is really where my passion lies,” he said.

Turnaround time for these one-of-a-kind pieces will run from 6-8 weeks. Prices will range from $150 - $10,000+. All orders are based off of current shop drawings with limited availability for additional customization. For more information or to browse the Basile Built shop, please visit when it goes live in Fall 2015.

With his contemporary industrial style and detailed craftsmanship, Paul Basile is recognized by many as a pioneer of the local reclaimed design movement, elevating wood, glass, and steel from their humble elemental origins to refined works of art.

Paul Basile
After moving from Detroit to San Diego in the ’90s, the self-taught Basile fashioned furniture out of discarded rebar, sold the finished product, and never looked back. A construction foreman by day and furniture craftsman by night, Paul worked tirelessly as he raised capital to open doors to his first venture, Basile Gallery.

For nearly 12 years the design commune was a vehicle for Paul to sell his custom creations as well as a sanctuary for local artists and craftsman to showcase their work. While simultaneously running the gallery, Basile also spent time honing his skills in various areas of interest, growing an impressive resume with stints as a transportation company owner, nonprofit competition creator, real estate developer, restaurant owner, general contractor, lighting designer and sculptor. As requests for one-off projects poured in, each larger in scale than the last, he increased his focus on building custom architectural details.

Paul opened doors to Basile Studio in 1994, and it transitioned into a full-service design and fabrication studio in 2008. Basile’s diverse background, as well as a perpetual drive to experiment with new materials and styles has given rise to many of San Diego’s most unique restaurants and retail spaces, each with its own singular identity but sharing the same signature stamp of functional minimalism.

Originally launched in 1994 and re-concepted into a full-service design and fabrication studio in 2008, Basile Studio is headquartered in a massive warehouse in San Diego’s thriving East Village. Specializing in mediums ranging from stainless steel and glass to concrete and all manners of wood, 20 employees make up one of the city’s most talented and sought-after design teams, responsible for creating everything from signage and railing systems to staircases and awnings.

Ironside Fish & Oyster Restaurant
Though lauded for the sleek, refined look of eateries such as Barrio Logan’s groundbreaking The Guild as well as Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant, Little Italy’s populist-yet-personal Craft & Commerce, the meticulously designed Ironside Fish & Oyster and nationally renowned craft cocktail haven Polite Provisions, Basile Studio is not just a restaurant-specific shop. With a portfolio that includes polished offices (multiple Car2Go locations and Prana Clothing Headquarters), retail space (22 Core Power Yoga outposts), and custom projects (everything from towering succulent walls to seating and signage), Basile Studio has crafted a reputation for being one of Southern California’s most versatile design/build firms.

Beyond San Diego, Basile is currently at work on high-profile projects in Los Angeles (the sophisticated Plan Check restaurant) and Arizona (The Foundry boutique hotel, where Basile was tapped to curate not just the communal spaces, guestrooms and restaurant/bar design, but to create custom furniture and architectural details as well). The studio’s creative vision has been recognized with numerous awards, including a Citation and Sustainability Award from the AIA San Diego Chapter for the innovative BLDG on Newton and a record six Orchid awards by the San Diego Architectural Foundation, which awarded the Grand Orchid to Craft & Commerce in 2011.

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