Thursday, 01 February 2018 00:00

A mixology of Japan and America

    Design Research Studio – Tom Dixon’s architectural and interior arm – unveils its first state-side hospitality project in the form of Himitsu, a cocktail lounge-bar in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Inspired by Japanese mixology and American prohibition, Himitsu is a darkly theatrical speakeasy, peppered with the rich colours and textures inspired by the emotion and drama captured in Todd Murphy’s painting King of Birds. Himitsu – meaning ‘secret’ in Japanese – is the sister bar to popular Atlanta sushi haunt, Umi Sushi.

    Design Research Studio has created a raw yet sophisticated aesthetic for the brand-new cocktail lounge. Playfully offsetting slick, metallic against rougher, natural materials, the interior retains the pre-existing industrial features and exposed structural details.

    The bar

    The focal point of Himitsu is the illuminated copper bar which frames the alchemy performed by the mixologists and celebrates the craftsmanship behind the cocktail-making process.

    An installation of the newly-launched Tom Dixon Melt pendants, are delicately suspended in the central void and create a striking gesture upon arrival. The Melt pendant draws inspiration from molten metal, distorted natural forms and emits a hallucinogenic glow that casts an ethereal luminosity and sets the tone for the rest of the bar.

    Himitsu is furnished with a composition of sculptural pieces that were selected to create distinct silhouettes within in the space. Smoked mirror and natural marble tabletops sit on industrial Tom Dixon roll bases to form a tactile landscape of surfaces which explore texture, distortion and the reflection of rough against the smooth.

    The result is a luxurious lounge, central dining and an animated bar which are defined by the various seating clusters and light levels to create both open and intimate spaces for entertainment.

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