We just wrapped on a project that's taken a lot of time and patience, but the finished product ended up being better than we even planned.
Our friend and client Rian Dawson and interior designer Zoe Cullen came to us wanting a custom console-bar hybrid for an empty space in Rian's Nashville home. Rian and Zoe were working to design his entire home, and they were looking for something truly unique and one-of-a-kind to function as a bar, but also to add some decorative elements to the living space.
We love working with interior designers to bring their visions to life for a client’s space, and Zoe is definitely one of the best we've had the pleasure of collaborating with. We're open to just about any job a designer throws our way, no matter how large or how small, and building their trust in us to execute the project is extremely important to our process. Together with Zoe, we came up with the idea for a floating bar concept for Rian's home — part bar, part floating shelf, with mirrored elements and smart design that would allow it to hang on the wall and display his booze collection in a beautiful way.
Once we showed Rian some rough concept drawings, he gave us the go-ahead (in fact, he kind of told us to do whatever we wanted — always a fun type of client). We set to work building out the bar top using reclaimed wood sourced from Layman Drug Co., a music production studio in Nashville housed in what was once a pharmacy back in the 1890s. A steel frame structure supports the glass shelves, and we added inlayed mirrors to the back of the bar portion to play off the bottles that it will hold. Our friends at The Fox Bar & Cocktail club even loaned us some beautiful barware to get some great photos once the work was done. The finished product is cool and modern, but also classic and filled with tons of Nashville history.
There's no better feeling than pulling off a project like this, especially when we get to do it with talented designers like Zoe Cullen and great clients like Rian. Lately, we're always on the lookout for the next big project — the more off-the-wall, the better (and in the case of this floating bar, pun totally intended).