When I first got the concept, speakeasy, my mind raced, smoky room, lots of rich dark colors, severe lighting, smoke, and SEX! I was thinking Cotton Club, Coppola-style. After speaking with the chefs and hearing their input, I really got a sense of what they wanted. Very different directions really. We didn't have a lot of time, so me and my team went into hyper gear. It was important for me to execute the Chef’s visions and not my own, but I wanted to make sure everything was expressed with my professional flair.
We really wanted the pinstripe table linen for Geoff to mirror all of the fashion from that speakeasy era, it adds that cool factor, some texture; masculine, and very hip. We had a lot of work to do on getting an outdoor area feeling indoor. How to keep it intimate and not feel breezy. Geoff was really literal and uber-masculine with his design sense…. I was trying to get Geoff to concentrate on the ambiance and overall feel of the room rather than on the tiny details such as the tiny Model T cars for the centerpiece! I wanted him to emotionally connect to the design rather than just map it out. In the end, I felt that he came full circle by using the old Prohibition liquor boxes, etc. I liked that Geoff had a bit of a sense of theatrics to his design though it was hard not to make it feel too much like a set rather than an intimate dining room because he was requesting so many props in his design concept.
I brought in awesome lighting that had flame tones in it so it created a bit of warmth in the room. We uplit the perimeter of the room in a deep lavender tone so the guests felt attractive and intimate.
I thought the rooms looked awesome. I wish I saw more of it, I was really hoping to see it happening, the inside track on what you did! I dug the looks though, it seemed to change a lot, though can't remember what the room looked like before. This Jes Gordon rocks!
You rock! Hope you get more air time or perhaps your own show. Your ideas really take everything to the next level. You got skills girl...lol
I really liked the speakeasy rooms. I loved the look of JJ's the most, thought Jes Gordon did a great job! I can't believe those Chef's question her! She rocked them both. They could do a show on how the heck they got those rooms done! Now that is something I would watch!
Okay, I officially love Jes Gordon. She's so down to earth and cool. You rarely see people on competition shows that are so positive and encouraging! Can Jes get her own show Bravo? That woman is a superstar!
JUST started watching and I love the idea of this not JUST being another cooking competition show...adding the whole room design/ambience aspect is a great idea! I'm looking forward to picking up design tips and tricks - I just hope I get to see some. I know it's only the first episode, but didn't see a lot of Jes or the design process - hope to see more in future episodes...