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Project: "Boatyard"
Company:Bigtime Design Studios
Designer(s): Bigtime Design Studios, United States
Category: , Professional
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Entry Description: Housed in a ten thousand square foot, heavy timber frame this nautical space served as an inspiration for this project. Skinned with Cedar panels, the ‘Post and Beam’ architecture was articulated to create the spirit of the skeleton of a mighty steamer. The bar location, under the ‘bell tower,’ provided a 30’ expanse of soaring ceiling to create a Swarovski inspired crew oar sculpture. Salvaged crew oars with original boat, numbers and colors are arranged around a black, spiral, steel frame like crystals draped on a delicate chandelier. This monolithic sculpture is nineteen feet tall and weighs in at just under a ton. The upscale waterfront theme continues with demising walls of ship rope and steel turnbuckles mortised into the floor. The design story required an authentic, re-purposed and yet sophisticated finish that presented a challenge in incorporating thematic design elements while avoiding a final ‘theme venue’ feel.

About the Designer/Company
Bigtime Design Studios: a seamless combination of interior design, branding, fashion, music, and food, Award-winning Bigtime Design presents unique high-style entertainment concepts, Restaurants, lifestyle design, and boutique hotel public space. Whether re-branding an established brand such as Gatecrasher or designing a Florida Modern luxury residence or a tony boutique hotel hotspot, a common thread appears in all of Bigtime’swork. Simply, there is sociology to good design. Whether dancing, shopping,eating or checking into a boutique hotel, Fortis finds that how people movethrough space, how they experience the journey, and how they interact with their surroundings - though at times ethereal - are all built on the same foundation. His catchphrase for this unique melting pot is Marchitecture.101SM Describing this unique design philosophy, Fortis said, “People might ask what kind of social or political dislocation our designs represent. If you look around any significant design you will find that a successful space can be interpreted as a social and political monologue where each user reacts with whatever emotions he or she already possess. “When asked what key elements create a successful space, Fortis describes the need for a narrative: ‘Without it you have a mere brick and mortar space, as alluring perhaps as a one-nightstand, but not one to embrace night after night. The story is the life spirit which propels the patron head-over-heels are into the magic you have created. If you can’t identify this spirit after 15 seconds, then you have failed.’”