I have used Gi Paoletti Design Lab for both of my bar/restaurant build outs in the last 8 years. There are many words to describe her, but the one that comes to mind the most is professionalism. If you know how hard it is to start a bar in San Francisco, you need a true professional to help you navigate the very murky waters, and Gi does just that. She not only is a great designer (for both ambiance and function) she also knows the people you need to know within City Hall and other government agencies to get things done quickly. I have heard many nightmare stories on colleagues opening food establishments in The City, whether they are held up by building inspections, health permits, Department of Public Works, etc etc etc, Gi knows the right people in all those departments to get your job prioritized, which in turn can save 10’s even 100’s of thousands of dollars. I would recommend Gi to anyone that wants to get a job done intelligently, beautifully and quickly. Highly highly recommended!!
Gi of Gi Paoletti Design Lab has offered and applied a magnitude of well thought out solutions for the last three restaurants we’ve constructed together. Now considered a trusted source for anything related to our design/ build phase, Gi continues to shine in her multi-disciplined skill sets. In the earlier stages of our projects, she takes the lead in rough design, highly utilizing public and staff areas and ultimately incorporating unique elements within. Continuing through her process, she applies her vast knowledge of the location specific permitting processes, current code requirements, and continues to offer a general timeline of her workflow. Continuing into the final stages of material selections, lighting elements and general color palettes, you’ll realize that Gi had already started this process long ago, at the first glance of the room. Truly a one stop shop, I couldn’t offer a higher recommendation.
It was great working with Gi! She was easy to work with, and was able to adjust to different challenges on the fly. Her design was clean, easy to understand and within the budget we specified. She also was able to assist with some of the San Francisco city permit red tape that seems to be ever present in SF! Gi also was able to help us in a few ways, with architecture, design work, and vendor management.
Gi is a true professional and it was a pleasure working with her on this project. From the beginning she was clear and concise as to the various services she could provide to help us reach our goal. From concept to design; planning, permitting, and actualization to realization, Gi was there. She delivered on what was asked and promised on time and to complete satisfaction.
This is our 6th project in San Francisco and our first time working with Gi. After this experience, we plan to work with her on the next and future projects. She has been fantastic and has helped us identify the best way to work with the city, our GC and most importantly, deliver our project on time and on budget. She has been a pleasure
Working with Gi was such an enjoyable experience. Not only did she produce creative designs for the store, but she was also very innovative in designing practical solutions for our small space. I was extremely impressed by her dedication, resourcefulness, and utmost professionalism throughout the entire process, all the while maintaining a calm and pleasant demeanor. I highly recommend Gi for design needs and will definitely work with her again in the future
It was a great pleasure to work with Gi. She balances a killer skill-set combination: both an architect and a designer wrapped in one. We greatly appreciated the individual and very unique feel all of her spaces posses. Gi listened to our ideas, understood our desired feel, and helped us realize the vision for our first restaurant, Maven. She focussed efforts towards the larger picture, and helped us find creative ways to stay within budget. Furthermore, Gi was the critical force that moved our project through the city permitting process and cut through much of the red tape.
Gi Paoletti is simply amazing. She was my designer, and project manager. I respected her talents and expertise, and trusted her to be my advocate. Anyone who has gone through any remodeling project must know of the high anxiety and drama that goes with that experience. Gi took great care to insure that every detail in the planning and construction of my remodeled home was of the highest caliber. Gi is extremely professional, talented, creative, and a stickler for details. I would recommend Gi over any other designer in the business
Gi is an extraordinary designer. She presented me with ideas that I didn’t know were possible. Most importantly, she executed them with an impressive level of precision and professionalism. She has a great eye for design. Furthermore, she was very good at negotiating with the city and helping to navigate and expedite the building plan approval process.
Gi, is a very talented designer. She is very determined and works hard and expects no less than from those she works with. I had the pleasure of working with her and her team on a project in San Francisco and she was right there working along side us. I found this determination and passion a great asset for any team. In her role as Principal of her own design company I also have no hesitation in recommending her work to any client/owner who may be looking for a designer. For as I said previously her determination and passion ultimately was for the client and providing the best design possible.