Hidden Kingdom

Alexandria Abramian | June 26, 2018 | Feature Features

In the mall and through a portal (and into the hidden room), you'll find Raised by Wolves: the city's most transporting temple to indulgence.
A “skylit” glass dome darkens as the evening wanes inside the lounge.

Call it the ultimate concoction: Part cocktail bar, part concept boutique, Raised By Wolves offers a novel way to pair two of the world’s greatest escapes: shopping and drinking. Located in La Jolla’s Westfield UTC, the hybrid hangout offers a total departure from all things associated with the typical mall. Raised by Wolves is a stunning, completely immersive environment that takes you far, far away from Abercrombie, Anthropologie and the like.

“The idea was to take people into another world,” says interior designer Paul Basile of Basile Studio, who has collaborated with CH Projects on more than a dozen of their restaurants and bars, including art deco-inspired Born & Raised, Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar, Craft & Commerce and El Dorado. For this project, Basile took an entirely different approach to the design, going full-throttle on creating authentic period rooms. “When you enter, there’s a boutique bottle shop done in French Nouveau style, which is one of the hardest to emulate,” he says. “That was part of the thrill.” Known for intricate handcarved elements echoing shapes in nature, the style demanded that Basile find ways to handmanipulate steel and carve ornate moldings for elements such as the custom curved settees. From there, visitors time-travel through Franco design, moving from an art deco library until finally arriving (via hidden access) in a French country-inspired lounge area complete with floral patterns, flagstone flooring and 20th century antique furniture.


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