Mi Vida Restaurant – Washington DC

Washington DC

Knead Hospitality + Design

Interior Wall Cladding:

PINKU shou sugi ban charred cypress
#2 Common Grade
Burnt and sealed on face only
13/16” thick X 5-1/8” wide X 6/16’ random lengths
Tongue and Groove

Located at District Wharf in Washington DC, Mi Vida restaurant serves as the evolution of Chef Roberto Santibanez’s culinary journey as he continues to explore his beloved Mexico. Mi Vida’s menu is rooted in the history and culinary tradition of Mexico while exploring the ever-changing boundaries of this vibrant and evolving cuisine. 

The overall design of the restaurant is influenced by the Mexican culture, most notably by the inclusion of traditional Mexican Pink in the color scheme. Upon entrance to the restaurant, The 19 foot Tree of Life (“Arbol de la Vida”), sets the stage for the contemporary, modern setting with its bold color palette, and geometric shapes. Throughout the restaurant, the design is softened by custom murals and art installations such as a hand-painted stencil tin butterfly wall featuring reSAWN’s PINKU shou sugi ban charred cypress.

PINKU features charred cypress burnt in the Japanese style of shou sugi ban.  In Mi Vida, PINKU continues the “Mexican Pink” theme throughout the restaurant.  In this case, the charred pink wood serves as a dramatic focal wall, softly lit from below to accentuate the rich pink and charcoal striations in the wood that stretch from one end of the room to the other. 

PINKU can be used for interior or exterior wall cladding and is available in select grade or #2 common grade cypress.  The higher the grade, the better it is felt the wood will perform, especially in exterior applications. PINKU is carefully charred, misted with water, cooled, brushed and then stained/sealed. The top coat sealer is applied prior to shipping (for exterior applications, we recommend sealing the back side as well as the face).  The burning process accentuates the wood grain and creates varying colors when viewed from different angles and in different light.

PINKU is made with cypress sourced from the Southern United States and can be used for interior wall cladding, ceiling cladding and exterior siding.  With its legendary beauty and natural durability, cypress has long been a staple as an exterior wood siding product.  Because cypress generates its own preservative oil, called cypressene, it’s an ideal wood for locations with constant heat, humidity, and torrential rains.

reSAWN’s CHARRED offering includes cypress, western red cedar, Accoya, Kebony, black walnut, red oak, white oak and reclaimed hemlock that is burnt in the Japanese tradition of shou sugi ban.  Our award-winning CHARRED products pay homage to the traditional Japanese technique of “shou-sugi-ban” aka “yakisugi” without being literal.

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