Monday, April 21, 2014

ai3's site visit to The Luminary @ Krog Street Market

On Wednesday, the studio ducked out early for a visit to Krog Street Market and a check on construction progress of The Luminary.  Used as a teaching experience, we discussed framing details and ceiling transitions.  There's always much debate as to whether the space feels larger or smaller once the studs started shaping the space.

View from Dining Room to future patio overlooking Krog Street

Future site of many, many shucked oysters at the Oyster Bar

Discussing how the Kitchen Ceiling transitions from space to space and how it will be hung

View from Dining area back to Oyster Bar and Main Bar- Beautiful natural light coming from the clerestory of warehouse

Area for future stalls outside of the Main Bar are of The Luminary

Future spot of delicious cocktails at the Main Bar

Bar area looking back into the Dining room

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Hipster Business

Recent observations by The New York Times, New York Times Style magazine and Skift, suggest that businesses are trying to cater to the "grunge-meets-geek-meets-grad-school" crowd.

These editorials discuss "Brooklynizing" and Brooklyn's influence on areas in industrial-chic neighborhoods across the world, including Canal-St. Martin, Paris.

I grabbed a few images of hotel designs influenced by this need to feel authentic. One of the first to perfect this industrial-vintage-repurposed style was the Ace Hotel. The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn and the Hotel FABRIC in Paris are referenced in the below articles.  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Finding Design Inspiration, wherever we are

Walking on the beach this morning, I noticed the dark mineral deposits streaking through the sand. The soft waves kept coasting across the marble-like veins, and it brought a smile to my face. I knew this was our team's inspiration for the bar top at Common Quarter.  That gorgeous stone top is one of the biggest design statements in their renovation and was inspired by Local Three's 4th partner, Chris Talley, who grew up on the beaches of St. Simon's Island.

The patterns of the mineral deposits had me thinking of the many sources of inspiration we have in design and especially patterning. Having been an Interior Designer for almost 20 years, I've heard many, many stories from sales reps of the exotic travels of textile designers and how their travels inspired their latest collection of patterns.

But here I am again on the Florida panhandle, enjoying the beach where we've always vacationed with my son, and I'm admiring all the subtle beach textures.  Not particularly exotic, but it was worth snapping a few shots. You never know when it will inspire something new....

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Stem Wine Bar & Common Quarter: Final touches before opening

We installed furniture yesterday in Chef Doug Turbush's new endeavor, Stem Wine Bar. Located next door to Seed Kitchen & Bar, the design concept is very different from Seed with it's rich, dark wood finishes and upholsteries.  But with Seed's smashing success, we think the neighbors will embrace this cozy wine bar for a slightly different dining experience as well as it's before & after dinner appeal.

We're setting the LED lights tonight (the green @ the glass racks)
Once all the wine glasses are hung, the back-lighting will create a large chandelier for the space
Just down the road in the Woodlawn Shopping Center, the team of Chef Chris Hall, Ryan Turner, Chef Todd Mussman, and Chris Talley will be opening Common Quarter. We see from Talley's Facebook page that Tuesday, October 8th is the official date.
Inspired by the southern coast and the familiar drives we all take through the southern farm lands, the design has many unique touches.

Lobster cage inspired bar shelving
Installed shelving with shutter canopy over the bar

The new bar top is a Bianco Ondulare stone whose veining reminds us of the mineral deposits in the sand when the water recedes on the Georgia coast. 

The private dining room is enclosed by board and batten ceiling and walls with an abstracted charcoal & white, gingham patterned curtain.  The featured artwork above the banquette is a nautical chart of the St. Simon's Island and Tybee Island areas, where Co-Owner Chris Talley grew up.

PDR privacy curtain  
Nautical Chart of St. Simon's Island and Tybee Island

Friday, September 27, 2013

ai3 designed Booths for Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

These pictures are so cool, I just had to post them. Ben Patterson of Antique & Modern Cabinets, Inc. in Jacksonville sent these to Ann-Marie Lima for review and approval.

Check out the progress on fabrication of the circular booths featured in the main dining room of Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, opening in November this year in Jacksonville, Florida.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jacksonville, Florida Visit- Construction Progress on Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

Kerry Wittwer was back down in Jacksonville, Florida for another ai3 site visit for Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails.  Another rainy day, just like here, but a few good shots of how things are coming together:
(Still on track for opening the restaurant in November. ) 

West Elevation- Bar and upper patio
Window at back bar, overlooking the lake
Indoor Bar area
Feature Stair - wine display will be featured beneath
Private Dining Room
Upstairs Patio overlooking lake
2nd floor view down stair opening; Outdoor Patio beyond
Exposed steel structure holding up the Moxie "feature wall"
2nd Floor View from the Dining Area