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Zia Diner


Posted on September 7, 2020


Life is often a series of cyclical quirks. In 1988, David moved to Santa Fe and worked as a waiter at Zia Diner. Years later, it came time for Zia to manifest its inner evolution, and they tapped David to spearhead the renovations, a collaboration that sired a seamless mix of southwestern sensibilities and art deco design.

Thick plaster columns surround the center seating area, their sandy stripes stamped with mesmerizing metallic diamonds. Understated iron handrails act as sleek, stylized partitions. Exposed rafters—a remnant from the diner’s time as an auto shop—mirror the dark wood molding.

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