Park Slope. Brooklyn, NY
a place to perch...
The clients, a millworker + designer,
acquired a space in their neighborhood to open a much needed venue
which would accommodate mothers with children during the daytime
hours while also being able to support the local bar/cafe crowd
in the evening.
With tight budget constraints, but an aspiration to go beyond
the typicalbistro or coffee shop ambiance, the evident strategy
was to limit the designed elements to the clients
/ millworks part of the build-out and to keep the GCs
work to the essentials.
Another dilemma - how to keep the high volume and its light, but
create intimate spaces, a sense of diverse places within a large
we designed slotted milled canopies to hover above the seating
areas and bar. light emerges from behind the canopies while also
shining down from integrated pin-points and amber colored glass
pendants. Always something warm near-by, something above to create
intimacy and yet another expanse beyond.
the palette is decidedly yummy: honeys, amber, coffees
and wine colors. materials are almost entirely sustainable or
recycled, and one finish, a recycled nut shell board, is literally
good enough to eat.
the front space, more tailored for sit-down eating, allows the
neighborhood bloggers to perch along the perimeter of the space;
in the back, movable lounge seating support the changing activities
from kids play in the daytime to a relaxed cocktail lounge.