The initial challenge presented by the client was to create the comfortable feeling of a neighborhood bar with an underlying timeless and classicly rich feel of a supper club. Couple this with the established brand of the family name (quality in food, drink and service). Not only did this have to be true to the current establishment directly across the street, but also to the name sake, their grandfather’s downtown 1950’s Little Club. The original club is recognized in the wall mural as well as noted in details such as the mirror panels of the back bar - a material used in the original club, along with the the use of a vintage tile size at the bar and restrooms.
Modern graphic elements in the front bar tile in an unexpected pop of green along with the bright colors of the rough metals and the street mural are a playful reminder of the style mix balanced out by warn woods, pops of warm metals and natural stone.
The success of the project was by marrying the timeless elements of high end materials, ie leathers, wood, shiny metals, stone with the materials found in a city street scape – rough dark metals, concrete, colorful street art. Playful curves in mirrored panels are used to not only enhance the backbar scape but to reflect light back into the smaller footprint and expand the visual prose. And a nod to the wine itself is found in the overall color palette.