Contributed by Claire Saccoccini of San Francisco-based Noise 13.
It eventually became permanent and garnered two Michelin stars. In 2013, Skenes moved the restaurant into the 1888 California Electric building, a historic brick structure a block from AT&T Park. At Saison, the most important kitchen tool is the oldest of all: fire. Skenes calls it “the heart of the restaurant.” Nearly every dish at Saison contains something that was smoked, grilled, or roasted by a wood fire. Food & Wine magazine named Skenes one of America’s best new chefs.
Skenes came to Noise 13 to rebrand the restaurant’s visual identity, create a logo to represent the importance of fire in their dishes, and design a new website. After several months of collaboration and explorations gourmands, we finally released a very simple, almost ethereal visual identity that hopefully enhances the grace of Skenes’s cuisine.
Saison team: Joshua Skenes, Mark Bright, Rhia Shumway, Patrick Ellis
Web design agency: Noise 13
Creative director: Dava Guthmiller
Designer: Christine Lee
Development: Rachel Bain
Project manager: Claire Saccoccini
Letterpress: Reb Peters Press
Leather work: Taurus Bookbindery