I found myself with blogger’s (if I can even call myself that yet) block when it comes to posting about my real-job projects in construction. I do have a few in the works, but haven’t had the time to sit and format drawing snippets to give you an overview of the project on paper to then juxtapose with photographed reality. Then I thought I should just get started with a finished project, hoping that once that’s done the flood gates will open on my posts in this topic.
So, introducing the Jet Wine bar in Philadelphia. (1525 South Street if you want a taste of delicious food and an even better wine selection.) I loved working on this project, even with the headaches of fitting a commercial space into a typical Philly rowhouse. I had done a few coffeehouses but a bar is a totally different vibe and one I was anxious to try out. After presenting three schemes to my clients they selected the one that was the most streamlined and modern. The end result:
Like I said this is in a typical rowhouse, and so only about 15′ wide. Because of that the bar and metalwork above is an arc. This makes the space feel larger because your eye perceives the open space and its fluctuation in dimension. A straight bar would have felt stymied and would have only accentuated the “shoebox”ness of the space. The metal work on the ceiling was important to the design because the radiating fins create a feeling of width and alter the perspective of the room. I love this photo because it exaggerates the arc.
The bar, kitchen, and toilet room fill the whole, albeit small, first floor. Then it’s down to the lower level for a more loungy feel. The wall behind this photo is also all banquettes, giving a cozy subterranean space to huddle together with your friends of loved ones over a glass of wine.
Because the spaces were small and the overall aesthetic was meant to be on the minimalist side, it was important to have nice details to add to the personality of the bar. A cheese cabinet was designed to combine the need for storage and interesting display. The handrails were also custom-fabricated and play an important role in the space.
And I am always a fan of an interesting restroom in a restaurant or bar. Luckily so was the client and she found this great wallpaper. The Anemone Light by Robert Abbey and a door with a portal was a perfect fit.