So LA Restaurant Bar, Merchant City, Glasgow

So LA Restaurant Bar, Merchant City, Glasgow

Client: Rusk & Rusk


Status: Competed

With a brief to design and deliver the interior for a new restaurant, bar and events concept inspired by Pacific Rim fusion and the Los Angeles dining scene, So L.A.’s layout takes inspiration from classic American mid-century diners with oversized curved booths and retro lines, while the muted material palate of concrete, aged woods, leathers and blackened steel – rivets and bolts included – owes much to America’s ‘steel made’ industrial heritage.

Fittings such as joinery, glazed screens, decorative lights, even personalised hand-stamped LA door handles, kick plates and push plates are bespoke designed by Mosaic in collaboration with co-founders James and Louise Rusk, resulting in a striking architectural interior.

Hidden beneath the bar and restaurant, guests will find The Whitebox. Concrete, steel and aged wood are again prevalent, while the walls are formed almost entirely of blockwork, lending a club-like feel to the restrooms.

So L.A. is a 220 cover outlet over two floors at 43 Mitchell Street in Glasgow city centre. The design project value was £1 million.