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A shallow and long, new-construction space transformed into a welcoming, urban pizzeria.

Located in hip Hayes Valley, Amano (which means “by hand” in Italian) was opened to be an easy-going celebration of beautiful, house-made pastas and pizzas. In order to live up to the restaurant’s name, the modern, shallow, glass-lined shell required warmth and energy. We leaned into a risky but successful 45 degree motif—custom-designing tables that sit at an angle to the inherent layout, and dropping an angular wooden structure we called “the cloud” from the ceiling. To add a sense of humanity, we laid European reclaimed oak-wood floors plank by plank, used handmade white tiles and added multiple shades of green—olive and pistachio—along with bold pops of bright red as a fun tribute to the Italian flag. The opening night was everything we’d hoped for: Electric!

Full Service Dining
San Francisco, CA


  • Interior design
  • Custom lighting design


— Hanging wooden “cloud”

— Custom lighting

— Triangular shape of storefront mirrored in geometric shapes and patterns throughout the space


“The addition of handmade elements to the new construction is what made Amano so successful. Irregularities and flaws emit the frequency of what it is to be human.”