As a company, we've always dreamed of venturing into the interior design and commercial design world, and recently it's felt like the next logical step for 1767. Unlike building that first coffee table or wall art piece, however, it isn't something that we could jump into headfirst. We've slowly been building up our skills and experience with designing interiors through smaller projects (such as the floor at the Thompson Hotel and the installations at Urban Cowboy Nashville), but it wasn't until we signed on to design the Fox Bar & Cocktail Club earlier this year that we really got to take on an entire design project from start to finish.
Our good friend decided to open the Fox just a few months back, and we got behind his vision right away. He took over the space underneath Nicoletto's Pasta Co. in East Nashville, and despite its relative emptiness and somewhat cozy size, we knew that it was the perfect space for the type of bar he had in mind. The Fox would be a low-key but high-style hangout for Nashville local and visitors alike, complete with classic, handcrafted cocktails, booths large enough for your whole crew to camp out for an evening and a sleek bar area perfect for grabbing a drink before a show nearby.
We started by gutting the space to make room for built-in booths along the wall, as well as a large bar and intimate tables throughout. We created custom orb-style light fixtures over the bar itself, distressed mirrors behind open shelving and brass fixtures on all of the doors. Next, we covered the booths with a luxe green velvet and marble inlays at the center of the tables, while the bathroom got the wallpaper treatment with an art deco-inspired print that instantly made us want to take a mirror selfie. Antique Persian rugs and low, leather seating create a cozy nook in one corner, and the brass light fixtures over the back door make the space feel like a hidden gem or a seriously stylish version of your favorite hole-in-the-wall bar. Once all was said and (almost) done, the Fox ended up with a vibe that's somewhere between a 1920s speakeasy and a laid-back, locals-only dive bar.
This was by far one of the most challenging projects that we've worked on, but also the most rewarding — although the real reward will come once we sip that first Old Fashioned at the Fox when it opens for business later this month.