TOTEM BAR & LOUNGE

SLADE ARCHITECTURE + MASS STUDIES + ANTHONY FONTENOT

LOCATION / NEW YORK, NY

COMPLETED / 2000

SIZE / 1,100 SF INTERIOR RENOVATION

PHOTOGRAPHER / JORDI MIRALLES

We connected two separate storefronts and created a bar and restaurant/lounge and emphasized the distinction between these two environments.  The client wanted Totems and carved panels exhibited prominently in the space.

In response, we decided that the idea for each room should come from ideas embedded in totems.  For the bar we chose to focus on the object quality of totems.  They are freestanding objects in a landscape.  The bar becomes the central focus of the space but each component has a strong separate quality.  In the lounge we wanted to explore the idea of carving itself, how a totem is carved out of one tree, one material.  This space is formed in felt.  The entire space is a container defined by one material that unifies the wall, ceiling seating and tables.  In contrast to the bar object, this space is about removal; like a cave carved out of a felt block.  The spaces offer distinct experiences.  The bar is more amenable to mixing and meeting while the restaurant/lounge is enveloping and fosters a relaxed intimate setting.