Client: Nara Hookah
June 3, 2023
Design Concept: The challenge was to take a low-ceiling rectangular space in a tucked away location with no significant features and totally transform the space into something special. This had to be done within a very limited budget and within a very short timeframe. This was the type of challenge Davis Ink loves!
Project Description: While we were getting rid of the t-bar ceiling we discovered beautiful raw wood beams hiding beneath. This opened up an opportunity to use exposed duct-work and more industrial lighting elements, such as the custom oil-drum chandeliers. Our objective was to take this very sterile footprint and create a variety of different seating experiences that encourage interaction and allowed a great deal of flexibility. What made it so cool was taking the exposed ceilings and raw architecture and combining it with extremely refined materials and elegant features. These two opposing concepts created an incredible juxtaposition. For example, we used rough concrete block to construct sculptural walls and bar face. These were intern flanked by highly ornate Roosevelt tufted booths with plush, bright colored material. We created a lively, fun energy with pops of color and artwork enclosed with rougher materials like concrete and old wood. In the entry we also used hanging shutters as a soffit.