Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi should take most of the credit for the interior design at Solera, Minneapolis' new restaurant and tapas bar. Shea Architects Inc. channeled key elements from Gaudi's style to create a richly textured environment. While the budget was small — only $850,000 — the designers used playful, economical materials to pull the look together. Plush pillows, broken mosaic “art glass” tiling and wrought iron are just some of the materials used. In the “Alhambra Room,” located in the back dining area, cushions are used instead of chairs, giving the space a Moorish feel while keeping the design lighthearted and exotic. “[The interior] has a nice color palate that's warm and fun,” says Jack Gatto, of Carroll Associates Architects.

Project Name: Solera

Location: Minneapolis

Architect: Shea Architects, Minneapolis

Client: Josh Thoma and Tim McKee

Construction Cost: $850,000

Credits

General Contractor: Schreiber Mullaney Construction

Electrical Contractor: Standard Electric

Mechanical Contractor: CMS

Booths, Banquettes and Kitchen Equipment: Strategic/Palm Brothers

Millwork: Aaron Carlson

Furniture: Baker Furniture Woodgoods Gordon International

Tile: Tile by Design

Light Fixtures: JTH Lighting Blue Fish Lighting

Iron and Metal Work: M&O Fabricating Architectural Iron

Specialty Sculpture Items: Themescapes