Design Dish: Breadblok


Commune Design conjures up the perfect setting for baking and breaking bread

BreadBlok designed by Commune. Photographed by Laure Joliet 2020

At the core of Breadblok—L.A.’s newest gluten-free bakery— is clean, organic standards where everyone can indulge without compromising their health. Inspired by this approach, globally renowned design firm Commune Design curated the space that showcases the confections against soft, muted hues and natural materials in a gallery-like setting.

BreadBlok designed by Commune. Photographed by Laure Joliet 2020

Built upon generations of French Provincial influence, the Charlier family who has been eating and preparing food entirely gluten-free for three generations, introduces their traditional fare in a modern manner. “With that in mind, we needed the design to convey quality, authenticity and a sense of place,” says Roman Alonso of Commune Design.”We’ve selected materials that can be left in their raw state and will age beautiful–warm alder wood for shelves and millwork, Terracotta floors, plaster walls and textured limestone counters–equal parts Southern California, and the client’s native Provence.”

BreadBlok designed by Commune. Photographed by Laure Joliet 2020

Patchwork of plaster adorns the walls while lush limestone and wood make up the counter that greets customers, evoking the feeling of a boutique-like farmer’s market stand. “The plaster wall treatment from our bakery concept became the inspiration for a canvas and linen patchwork tablecloth by Adam Pogue,” says Alonso. “And for displaying the loaves, Dax Savage made handwoven rope baskets – a technique passed down from his mother.” 

Other elements like modern-shaped baskets hang above the dine-in area and a row of copper stools flank custom wood tables, furthering the experience of transporting to Europe from the heart of L.A.