Interior Architecture Award Submission
Goal: Create a showcase of prohibition Chicago with international dining flair in a former 1880s print shop.
Rustic wood, glass, and ironwork on the exterior extend an unpretentious greeting to diners.
The warm, worn hand-crafted millwork of the hostess station contrasts with the sleek white marble bar. Ornamental lamps and vintage stemware evoke memories of a by-gone era. Art Nouveau inspired custom concrete tile flooring adds unassuming texture.
Chandeliers cloaked in smoky shades add drama to the dining space. Obtrusive beams are tiled in sepia-colored glass, fading them into a textured landscape.
Exposed brick and down-lights highlight the beauty of the existing structure. Custom wine walls provide storage and present the bottles as graphic elements.
The intimate circular dining nook envelops private-dining guests.
Result: Blending style and comfort, past and present, simplicity and elegance, the restaurant was named the 2008 Best New Restaurant by TimeOut Chicago.
- Gary Lee Partners
- General contractor
- Icon Realty Management
- Chicago, Illinois