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.