Sofia Restaurant New Orleans
Sofia NOLA is a fun and funky high energy Italian restaurant in the heart of New Orleans Warehouse District.
We were delighted to assist in bringing their initial concept to fruition. One of the most challenging aspects of the project was executing their vison of a huge 16 foot high pizza oven. The pizza oven build entailed unique artistry fashioned with rebar and stucco into the likeness of a female silhouette clad in bold tones of red and gold glass mosaic to create an eye catching center piece.
This multiple step construction process involved upscaling, cutting, bending and shaping the rebar into the silhouette shape mimicking the inspiration sketches and photos. Wire mesh was then applied in preparation of the stucco application. Stucco was applied is multiple steps, contoured and smoothed in preparation of the mosaic installation. A full-scale Paper Mache and fiberglass mold was then prepared of the stucco structure to facilitate the assembly of the glass mosaic. The mosaic work was prepared remotely so having a 3D model in hand became useful in assembly being able to correct for any stretching of the 3D shape rather than working on a flat surface.
MOSAIC PATTERN FABRICATION
INSTALLATION OF MOSAIC
COMPLETED PIZZA OVEN