This week, we chat with Lexi Goddard?, interior designer at Siren Betty Design about the long-awaited renovation of Motel Bar in Chicago, USA.
What made you choose BAUX products for the space?
We knew this would be a high traffic bar with louder music for the night crowd so acoustical applications were necessary. The space is a modern concrete/steel space so we needed to create warmth with materials and also warmth by dampening the sound. I chose BAUX because it was both highly functional and available in a great variety of styles and shapes so it could work well with the concept/aesthetic of the space.
What is the importance of a well-designed acoustic environment?
This is a place where a lot of people come for small business meetings and to decompress after work, so as a team we felt like we needed people to be able to easily converse and not feel like they were competing with any added noise like music or crowds. We created small vignettes with the furniture and wanted it to feel intimate but also inviting for groups. Having a well-designed acoustic environment was essential.
What is your favourite aspect of the Motel Bar?
My favourite aspects of the Motel Bar are the custom-designed modular shelving behind the booths that we layered with found vintage and antique pieces from around Chicago. I also love the random tile pattern on the back bar and curved gold-tinted mirror! The BAUX acoustical material really adds texture to the lounge spaces as well and keeps that space feeling intimate.
What would the dream BAUX project look like?
My dream BAUX project would be creating an installation with custom patterns and multiple saturated coloured panels! Acoustic panelling does not have to be something that just “goes away” – with BAUX we’ve been able to make it a focal piece.
First published on www.baux.se