Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Chicago Boasts Frank Lloyd Wright-Themed Bar

Friday, April 27, 2018

Comment | More

For those looking for a strong drink and a way to commemorate Frank Lloyd Wright, they need look no further than the Prairie School bar in Chicago, which features a mixture of designs and elements evocative of the architect’s own take on Asian influence and Midwestern warmth.

Heisler Hospitality founders Kevin Heisner and Matt Eisler worked with mixologist Jim Meehan to create a space that evoked Wright’s organic architecture, which included the use of natural colors and materials.

Old School Cool

The attention to detail in the bar covers a number of facets: from the live-edge oak bar to handmade ceramic tumblers. The design of the glass in the entry was even inspired by one of Wright’s windows.

"What struck me always is the way Frank Lloyd Wright used space," said Heisner. "I didn’t want to just copy the Robie House, so I just focused on things like the oak species and incorporated materials he used first-hand. We wanted to bring the outside in."

Even the ice cubes are branded with a Prairie School-inspired insignia. The ice cubes themselves are shaped by wood-block ice stamps, reminiscent of architectural details in the former cold storage building where the bar is housed.

"Even the ceiling was influenced by one our team saw at Robie House—we placed oak beams in similar lines," said Heisner.

The bar also features steel barstools fitted with decorative stained-glass bases, as well as leather seats from Chicago's Horween Leather Company. Leftover leather from the settees was reused in bar staff aprons, branded coasters and check presenters. Paired with the use of steel straws and composting, Prairie School is a zero-waste bar.

"I didn't want to make it a Frank Lloyd Wright replica, but a balanced, modern approach," Heisner noted.

The drink menu takes cues from Japan’s 24 short seasons, or sekkis, to influence its selections.

   

Tagged categories: Architecture; Color + Design; Design build; Frank Lloyd Wright; Maintenance + Renovation; North America

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.


Advertisements
 
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America

 
SABRE Autonomous Solutions

 
NLB Corporation

 
RCG America

 
SAFE Systems, Inc.

 
ABKaelin, LLC

 
Fischer Technology Inc.

 
Induron Coatings, Inc.

 
KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office

 
Tarps manufacturing, Inc.

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us