Interior Design, Restaurant


Interior Design, Restaurant

Aidlin Darling Design

Insitu represents a unique and rich intersection of art, design, food and culture. It was conceived as an extension of the museum’s mission to provide greater access to art, in this case culinary art. Insitu features a menu that is seasonally curated by 3 Michelin stared Chef Corey Lee to offer a sampling of culinary influencers, icons, and innovators from around the world, replicated in exacting detail in collaboration with each participating chef.

Located in the old Botta wing of SFMOMA, the design emphasizes visibility from the street and a sense of the ephemeral within a simple, comfortable, open environment. It was considered in layers, from shell to plate. The space’s raw shell resembles a Soho gallery and is finished in plaster and felt to provide acoustic balance and tactility. This shell provides a backdrop for discreetly placed “artifacts” which include commissioned art, custom designed lighting, custom furniture and a sculptural wood ceiling.

Key Team Members

David Darling, Principal, Aidlin Darling Design
Joshua Aidlin, Principal, Aidlin Darling Design
Adam Rouse, Project Designer, Aidlin Darling Design
Roslyn Cole, Project Team, Aidlin Darling Design
Ryan Hughes, Project Team, Aidlin Darling Design
Jeff LaBoskey, Project Team, Aidlin Darling Design
Kent Chiang, Project Team, Aidlin Darling Design
a l m project, Branding, Graphics & Environmental Graphics
JS Nolan & Associates, Lighting Consultant
Harrison & Koellner LLC, Kitchen Design
Acosta and Sons, Inc. , Wood Ceiling
Plant Construction, General Contractor
GFDS Engineers, Structural Engineer
MHC Engineers, Inc., MEP Consultant
Charles M. Salter Associates Inc., Acoustical Consultant
The Preview Group, Code Consultant
Evan Shively - Arborica, Wood Supplier and Custom Lounge Table Fabricator
Northwood Design Partners, Custom Table Fabricator
Boyd Lighting, Custom Pendant Lighting
Concreteworks, Custom Server Credenza
Tucker Nicols and Rosana Castrillo Diaz , Commissioned Artwork
Corey Lee, Chef/Owner

About the organization

With a shared interest in exploring design across a wide range of scales, programs, and disciplines, partners Joshua Aidlin and David Darling started Aidlin Darling Design around a woodshop in 1997. With an emphasis on designing for all of the senses they have cultivated a diverse and collaborative studio that acts as the creative hub for an extended network of builders, fabricators, artists, engineers, chefs, and other collaborators. The firm has garnered over 150 national and international awards including the 2013 Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for their body of work.

Architecture, Altruistic

Gould Evans

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga

Architecture, Residential

jmA | John Maniscalco Architecture

Dolores Heights

Architecture, Commercial

Walker Warner Architects

Quintessa Pavilions


Shihan Zhang

Symbiosis Carbon Future

Communications Design

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Giffords Gun Law Scorecard



Motiv Rings



UNICEF Kid Power Band





Square, Inc.

Square Capital Loan Application

Furniture Innovation

Galanter & Jones

Kosmos Heated Chair

Future of Foods


Cafe X

Interior Design, Office: Commercial

Studio O+A

Microsoft Envisioning Center

Interior Design, Residential

Studio SHK

The Great Exploration

Interior Design, Restaurant

Aidlin Darling Design





Student Innovation

B.Lab at AAU

Guerrilla Coffee Unit

Urban Mobility

Alta Motors

The Ultimate Urban Commuter: Alta Motors’ Redshift SuperMoto


Unity Technologies


Wild Card

UC Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi)

Outpatient Radio

Interior Design, Office: Honorable Mention

Studio O+A


Interior Design, Residential: Honorable Mention

Studio O+A


Interior Design, Restaurant: Honorable Mention

Puccini Group

Cha Bei

IOT: Honorable Mention

Nokia Design

Health Mate

VirtualTech: Honorable Mention


RAPAEL Smart Glove