On the books: PS 450

Monday, November 11, 2013

A few of your have requested more updates on the work I'm doing for residential and commercial clients.  It's always tough to know when to do these posts. Usually there is a before post but I like that to happen after the design scheme and selections have been completely nailed down. Then there is an after post which requires staging and good photography which often happens a while after a project is complete.  I think I finally have a few things to show you guys.

First off is a bar project I'm working on in the city. Some of you may have been to PS 450 back in the days when I lived and worked in New York or perhaps more recently.  The client is someone who I had worked with in the past and was happy he tapped me for this project now that I'm back in the hood.  PS 450 holds quite the raucous twenty-something boozy brunch and they also do a great lunch and happy hour.  The name refers to its Park Avenue South location but I also like the play on the New York public school naming convention.  Here is what the bar looks like now. A little tired and dated, almost too mod and clean lined for the current more retro industrial trends.

I wanted to add more detail and sort of play off the public school theme. There were a few things we had to keep like the mirrors, floors, bar, back bar and ball chain curtain in the back, and we had a very limited budget. I think the final look will be nice and classic and not overly themey.  Here is the design board I created.  My sister-in-law Soyoung from Dogear Press is helping to design the chalk art wall that has words that reference the fare and libations at PS 450.  


  1. love this peek into your process...i hope you keep sharing photos from this project!

  2. I really like the excellent pictures of the bar. It looks cool. Thanks a lot for sharing pictures, have a great day.