Kittyhawk

Lead DesignerAlex Zabotto-Bentley
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Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

Inspired by the original WWII Kitty Hawk fighter plane and the celebratory atmosphere of the liberation of Paris in 1944, we created a venue for 175 people, encompassing standing bar areas, intimate tables and booths, a glass conservatory and a cockpit-styled VIP lounge. The space invites repeat visits through a multi-layered environment. By using original artifacts, hand-crafted custom-made fittings and vintage acquisitions, we created an authentic and timeless atmosphere, without resorting to cliches. Reflecting the area’s Victorian heritage, we used reclaimed, tumbled bricks and created a hand-laid mosaic floor with 45,000 tesserae, recalling Belle Epoque French designs and the Victorian era’s vogue for classical motifs. Working with three artists, we created a feature mural inspired by classic WWII aviation art and a master craftsmen were commissioned to custom carve the 13 meter French oak bar. In a digital age, the human touch is crucial.