Meet the Makers Behind the Newest Paso Robles Hotel
Home to connoisseurs and craftsmen who crave and create the finer things in life, Paso Robles is a laid-back, come-as-you-are type of place that just happens to produce many of California’s most sought after artisanal goods. It’s a city with roots that go deep and where the good life is savored and shared with a welcoming spirit that’s defined our city since the beginning, thanks to those who have made this place their home.
The Piccolo is committed to giving guests an experience that’s true to this spirit of Paso Robles—and we worked from the ground up with the area’s best local makers to deliver on that promise. The moment you arrive at The Piccolo, you’ll be greeted by authentic Paso Robles craftsmanship. From the architecture of the 17,000 square-foot hotel to the custom-crafted chandeliers in each of our 24 rooms, every detail has been hand-selected to enhance the local flavor of Paso Robles’ newest luxury hotel.
As we prepare to open in Downtown Paso Robles this Fall, we invite you to Meet the Makers behind The Piccolo—local artisans, craftsmen, and creators who have poured their passions into a project that’s truly unique to the fabric of it’s home.
From the fires of the forge, Hans Duus has spent 51 years incorporating traditional metalsmithing with modern technology to create unique lighting fixtures, like the chandelier above the beds in each of our Luxury King Rooms. Due to Hans’ handcrafted manufacturing process, slight variations can occur from one fixture to another, making each piece truly one of a kind.
Adorning our courtyard wall is a beautiful 76-foot custom mural designed and hand-painted by California artists Hennessy Christophel and Sofia Lacin, co-owners of LC Studio Tutto. The talented duo focuses on fostering connections between people and their environments by infusing spaces with life and identity through their site-specific art. While Paso Robles is well known for its cultivated plant life like wine grapes and olives, The Piccolo’s mural, “Native Tapestry: Flora of Paso” offers a closer look at the chaparral and oak woodland species that have always called Paso home.
Janine Stone, named the #1 Maker in the USA, has handcrafted 73 pieces of furniture for our hotel with just her two hands. From the beautiful reception desk in the lobby to the made-to-order nightstands and dressers in each room, our guests will be greeted by her authentic craftsmanship from the moment they arrive.
Julia Oberhoff & Jim Duffy, TenOver Studio
Like many things in Paso Robles, it all goes back to the wine business for Stephen Kroner and Joe Barton—the duo behind KROBĀR Craft Distillery. With a combined total of 40 years in the beverage industry, the two dreamt of creating traditional and not-so-traditional spirits—now, they produce everything from Gin to bitters. Used upstairs in our craft cocktails like the Tetto & Tonic and the Ginger & Gold, KROBĀR’s craft spirits will give you a taste of the creativity of Paso’s local artisans.
A transplant from Costa Mesa, Lauren Dunn moved to the Central Coast to connect with familial roots in the community that date back to the 1970’s. Working as an Ornamental Horticulturalist with a focus on landscape design since 2006, the air plants in our rooms were Lauren’s first project of this nature. Tillandsia sits nestled on a bed of native moss sourced locally from Cambria to breathe life into The Piccolo’s guestrooms.
With 24 years of hospitality experience and a desire to create a Paso Perfected, Chief Operating Officer Margaret Johnson is the visionary behind The Piccolo. From the paint on the wall to the made-to-order chandeliers and everything in between, Margaret has hand-selected each and every detail that surrounds you at the hotel. Through her intentional use of locally crafted furniture and décor, Margaret has curated an authentic Paso Robles experience to be enjoyed from the moment you check-in.
Deadwood Revival Design is a team of local woodworkers, welders, and designers specializing in handcrafted furniture salvaged from dead trees that would have become firewood. Metalworker Pepe Sanchez is the man behind the made-to-order rose gold frames that support the air plant in our rooms. After graduating from Cal Poly, Pepe has spent the past 10 years on the Central Coast creating one-of-a-kind pieces that you can’t buy anywhere, and you can see—he delivers.
Alex and Monica Villicana moved to the Central Coast to start Villicana Winery & Vineyard. Experiencing firsthand the hard work of winemaking, the couple knew all too well the amount of wasted materials in the winemaking process—until Alex discovered how to reuse and refine the leftover fermentable materials into vodka and other spirits—and thus Paso Robles’ first distillery was born. Now, their sustainable spirits are available upstairs at Tetto, the town’s first rooftop bar. While Tetto and RE:FIND may both be “firsts” for Paso, both honor the deep roots of wine country.
All good things start with a strong foundation and the team at Specialty Construction have helped us build an authentic Paso Robles experience from the ground up. Senior Vice President Jeff Martin, Project Superintendent Wesley Stallmann, and Project Manager Kirk Wheeler turned renderings into the reality that you enjoy now. Without them, there would be no Us.