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An Old Printing House Turns Into a Mesmerizing Restaurant

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Source: Dezeen

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