Patria Restaurant is a Spanish tapas restaurant in downtown Toronto, designed by Commute Home. Within this restaurant is a double-height feature wall, designed by Biography Design. This mixed media wall is comprised of a custom wallpaper image of a flamenco dancer, mounted behind a cross stitched screen. The cross stitch pattern is embroidered using cotton jersey on copper-coated steel grid.

Laura Carwardine completed the cross stitching by hand, with the help of many fellow designers. Henry Salonen coordinated the customization and installation of the steel grids. The full process took just over two months to complete, totaling 485 hours for everyone involved. There are just over 17,000 stitches in the installation, spread over 21 separate 4'x8' panels.

Photos and video by Henry Salonen
Featured in Design*Sponge, Casa Vogue Brasil, Toronto Life, and Canadian House & Home (03/2013)

Making of Patria Restaurant Cross Stitch Art Installation from Henry Salonen on Vimeo.