The Ordinary

A shadowbox diorama, four taxidermy fish, preserved coral, hand lettering on tile, a custom brass floral installation, and a large-scale mural for this James Beard Award-winning restaurant on upper King St, Charleston, SC. Tap handles were a collaboration with Chris Williams of Williams Knife Co. Photographs by Olivia Rae James and Lindsey Harris.

Problem: The large, elegant space at the Ordinary has extremely high ceilings and cabinetry and needed activation in that space. Additionally, the owners of the restaurant did not want to hang framed art on each wall, so they challenged us to create works of art that looked as if they had been in the space since its inception.

How we solved it: Fiberglass fish and their colors bring vibrance to an otherwise static area, asking viewers to look up. Hand-painted mural is imagery taken from a vintage tuna can label that is purposely painted to look weathered. The diorama is a blend of traditional and modern natural history aesthetics. It is a way to draw people in through the window- it sparks conversation and delight, challenging the notion of what a diorama is.

the ordinary, james beard award, sisal and tow, becca barnet, charleston