The Dominion Post has just reviewed Loretta Restaurant in Cuba Street Wellington, praising both it and Paul’s artwork and dinnerware!

Here’s a snippet of the article:

“You gotta love Loretta” – Dominion Post, 5th July 2014

The trio from Floriditas – James Pederson, Marc Weir and Julie Clark – have knocked out the rear wall of the former Simply Paris, and converted the spacious boulangerie into a magnificent Scandi-influenced tunnel of elegance, all arctic whiteness, kitchen tiles and pristine stainless steel.

Loretta Restaurant - Paul Melser
Controlled areas of distressed paintwork from previous occupants form an abstract backdrop for the sole art statement, a 10-month project for Carterton potter Paul Melser. His giant vases and jars are not so much a display as an installation, running the length of the fat wooden shelf behind the banquette.

Things turn interactive when you realise the pottery plates you are eating off are also hand made by Melser. My partner and I admired the subtle differences.

Descended from the Bernard Leach-inspired, English-Japanese folk pottery fusion of the mid-20th century, the jugs and vases sit perfectly with the tables and chairs.

Read the full review in the Dom Post.