abueg morris architects

1810 6th street berkeley california 94710 510.665.6110 t 510.665.6108 f

Comal Now Open!

May 4th, 2012 :: 0 comments :: permalink

Step inside Comal, and suddenly you’ve left downtown Berkeley, and entered a buzzy restaurant in a metropolitan location. These are a few shots from the soft opening party by Eurydice Galka. More coming soon!

Before and After:: Bun Mee

November 14th, 2011 :: 0 comments :: permalink


If you watch design shows, this is the moment when owners take off their blindfolds to see their new design brought to life. Real life is never this dramatic, but after a project is over, it’s fun to look back and remember how far we’ve come. This gelato store in Pacific Heights was trying to do a lot in a small space. We created a single focal point, and simplified the color palette.




We focused on mixing textures for an informal, street food look, but kept the walls clean and spare, striking a harmonious balance.

“Comal” restaurant: sunflakes and concrete

October 11th, 2011 :: 0 comments :: permalink


The before shot of  “Comal”, our soon-to-be (early spring) Mexican restaurant on Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley. We’re keeping the exposed ceiling joists and board formed concrete walls. If only we could keep the dappled sunshine flakes too.





outdoor dining courtyard


September 14th, 2011 :: 0 comments :: permalink

Inspiration can come from SO many places, but for Nopalito, we logically began with a book about Mexican design, knowing full well that the owners didn’t want the space to look traditionally Mexican. This image of a warm night at a bar  was so evocative and so sensual- I can almost hear music and smell the warm evening air.

the raw and the rugged

August 8th, 2011 :: 0 comments :: permalink

I can’t get enough of the industrial/vintage machinery look. It must be my ashtabula, ohio farm-town roots. Working on Prather Ranch has sparked my love of raw steel, rivets and rust all over again.

courtesy remodelista



purchase online through mothology.com



courtesy of remodelista.com



courtesy erin martin design



purchase at battersea, through 1st dibs


also through battersea at 1st dibs



diy- green your walls

April 25th, 2010 :: 0 comments :: permalink

Vertical Garden by Flora Grubb

I’ve seen architectural “Living Walls” published in slick architectural magazines,  and they always looked expensive and difficult to construct.

Now San Francisco’s own Flora Grubb Gardens has made it easy for someone like you or me to do this ourselves.

Thank you Flora. Buy the kit here.

great shapes

March 13th, 2010 :: 0 comments :: permalink

from Lerkenfeldt Photography through http://emmas.blogg.se/

I love the two seater “bat wing” chair in chartreuse, as a pop to the all white room. But I really love the curves in the window playing off the curves in the chair, paper lanterns, vase and wire frame chair. It creates a playful symphony, but restful in its color restraint. Finally check out the trio of soft pink in the rug, magnolia blossoms, and pillows.

weck jar pendant lighting

March 11th, 2010 :: 0 comments :: permalink

Designed & fabricated by tbD design in SF (purchase from them)

lighting by tehrani baylis design....image from remodelista.com

Beautiful, modern and fabricated with Weck pickle jars – brilliant. Purchase directly from tbD.com

10 principles of good design by dieter rams

July 23rd, 2009 :: 0 comments :: permalink

L2 speaker, 1958, by Dieter Rams for Braun

So succinct and an expression of good design in itself.