Commercial interior fit-up; bar, tasting room and custom furniture.
We were tasked to build a bar and tasting room for a new spirits company in Middlebury, VT. This opportunity evolved from a bar installation to a full commercial fit-up complete with a social tasting room. We implemented a modern, funky design paired with natural and reclaimed materials to match the character of the product and the brand.
SELECT PROJECT FEATURES
It was important to design the bar in such a way that it created a welcoming, communal feel while making it easy for one bartender to serve multiple customers. A large section of the back wall was a window into the barrel aging room, so we needed to be careful to allow that to remain a visual focus. The result was an unusually shaped, almost serpent-like bar that makes for easy customer interaction and draws visitors to the window.
The bar was built almost entirely of bent plywood because of its odd shape. It was then wrapped in vertical slats of charred Oak, referencing the fact that their Gin is aged in bourbon barrels. The bar top is hand-hammered and acid-etched zinc. Zinc, which is described as a living alloy, changes color as it ages, so the top today looks totally different than the day we installed it.
A place to sit
These custom seating booths are made entirely of reclaimed pallet wood. They rest on iron casters, allowing customers or employees to modify the space by moving them to suit their needs. Designing an environment can also be about allowing people to have some choice in choreographing parts of their own experience.
Bring on the games
The custom shuffleboard table has a reclaimed Fir and steel base with a Maple and Walnut inlayed playing surface. We had fun playing with different materials to create this unique interactive element!