PHOENIX, ARIZONA 2013-2014
Design for the 7,000sf Changing Hands Bookstore and First Draft Bar in uptown Phoenix's "Newton Project" seeks to provide a simple, visually quiet backdrop for the books and products that fill the space of this unique retail-bar hybrid. The large reclaimed redwood bar and point of sale are islands in a ‘sea of books’. Sitting nooks allow readers to ‘sit in the stacks’ throughout the space. A vintage redbrick fireplace, once surrounded by dining tables in the building’s former life as Beef Eater’s Restaurant becomes the backdrop for weekly story time readings. We designed and fabricated many custom pieces for this project. MagBar, a custom magazine rack on one side and sitting bar the other, provides a perch for reading and people watching between the bar and point of sale. Large black steel 'Bench Noodles’ in the children’s area can be configured into a circle to contain rambunctious toddles or arranged to provide wavy benches between book-stacks. Solar Chime is an aluminum concave structure that supports dichroic glass cubes that refract colored light into the space. A laser cut aluminum plate glass-rack folds down from a light trough in the soffit above First Draft Bar, creating a bar-sized chandelier of top-lit wine glasses. This project was done in collaboration with John Douglas Architects and Venue Projects.
photography by Matt Winquist