UPSTAIRS is a cocktail bar and listening room in a space formerly occupied by the iconic Retrofret Vintage Guitars at 233 Butler. The goal of the project was to create an environment that functioned as a sound chamber but felt like a high end lounge. We created strategies by which acoustic treatment disappeared into architecture with aim of the the room itself becoming an inhabitable sculpture. The enveloping walls were furred out in geometries that discreetly direct sound, while forming the seating contours. The bespoke OJAS sound system’s sub woofers were integrated into a wall so that the wall itself functions as a speaker. We designed custom chairs and tables in collaboration with local maker Joe Cauv. Artist Cristian Andersen fabricated a collection of stools and the entry light fixture that blur the lines between art and furniture. The project was featured in Dezeen, HD Mag, Hypebeast, and Surface.
Client:Public Records Typology:Branding, Creative Direction, Interior Design, Product Design Services:Adaptive Re-Use, Hospitality Status:Complete