The New York-based studio known as Meyer Davis turned an Old Printing House into a modern and contemporary restaurant in Chicago. The entire place is full of mid-century-style lamps that hang above burnt orange leather booths. Stay tuned to see this amazing project.
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The restaurant is known as The Proxi and is located in the West Loop, a neighborhood on the western bank of the Chicago River. Formerly seen as a center of manufacturing, nowadays this mesmerizing place was turned into a marketplace where various buildings were transformed into eateries, bars and art galleries.
And to add to this marvelous place full of markets, Meyer Davis has transformed the ground floor of a building previously occupied by Werner Printing Company into a mesmerizing restaurant.
The old 14-foot-high place was refreshed with white tiles, while glossy blue tiles in a vertical soldier stack cover the columns. All of the walls are covered in whitewashed oak paneling and sage green painted decorative moldings. This type of decor offers a neutral backdrop for black and dark navy furnishings with accents of burnt orange.
Each of the areas is decorated in different ways with custom-made and contemporary furniture and lighting. The place features a modernist design that can be seen with large steel lights and sleek black chairs. The other decors are souvenirs from the restaurant’s co-owner Emmanuel Nony’s travels.
Meyer Davis likens the eclectic effect to the restaurant’s menu, which chef Andrew Zimmerman based on global street food. The studio described the restaurant as a “melting pot of flavors both in design and cuisine”.
The entire bar features custom-made black, blue and white floor tiles. The seating area is elevated by the windows on either side of the curved central bar.
The top of the bar is made of white stone and brass-like base covered in black padding. A cozy seating area in a booth behind the bar is furnished with orange and blue sofas and can be partitioned with curtains.
Other areas include a series of leather booths that are arranged beneath a wall of mirrors, while the main dining room contains benches covered in navy leather, black chairs, and wooden tables, with views into the kitchen through a large window.
Externally the studio rebuilt the steel facade framing the large street-facing windows to return the building to its original form and bring plenty of natural light into the restaurant.
Photos by Dave Burk
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