June 5, 2023
Located in the heart of West Hollywood, Liaison is a restaurant, bar, and lounge consisting of a large outdoor patio and an adjoining intimate interior space. Being confronted with a challenging interior space consisting of low ceilings and very few windows, the Davis-Ink team took these existing limitations and transformed them into assets. This was accomplished by entirely opening up the wall that connects the interior with the exterior patio creating a seamless transition between inside and outside space. In addition, we designed a “huge” four-sided centerpiece bar surrounded by intimate private booths, a wine display and a double-sided 10’-0” “in wall” fire feature.
Since the existing patio structure had an incredibly high ceiling with a retractable lid, we took this as an opportunity to transform the space into a “magical garden” environment. This was accomplished by introducing full-sized trees, hanging plants and green walls.
Being that this was a space that would be used for a variety of special functions such as celebrity parties, charities, fashion shows and industry events, we wanted to maximize social interaction and create a “see and be seen” environment. We achieved this by designing tiered perimeter booth dining, a mid-level lounge section and a sunken dining area with the ability to transform into an intimate dance floor.
The overriding design goal was to create an environment that was cozy, sexy and upscale. Sophisticated but layered with “funky” and unexpected design elements. This was achieved by using lots of organic materials such as book matched marble slabs, refurbished barn wood walls, leather upholstered decorative panels and living green walls. The colors were very neutral with occasional pops unexpected color. We created drama by using contrasting materials such as smoothly finished steel paired with aged wood beams and leather Roosevelt tufted sofas sitting on top of aged geometric concrete tile.
Some of the very cool design elements include a central lighting feature consisting of huge staggered bird cages, walls made out of staggered wood planking with randomly integrated planters and a 15’-0” x 25’-0” L.E.D. wall flanked by two vertical water features.
In addition, we used an existing aged brick wall as a canvas for a local artist to create an abstract geometric “wow factor” feature and designed a matching geometric wall tile pattern on the opposite main wall.