Full Steam at Boulton & Watt - Design Bureau

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The bar area at Boulton & Watt showing authentic artifacts repurposed in a useful way. Free Builders designed the system behind the bar.

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Full Steam at Boulton & Watt

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Emporium Design looks to the machine age for a NYC eatery.

History lesson: Boulton & Watt was a pioneering English steam engine manufacturer founded at the danes of the Industrial Revolution. For the New York restaurant bearing its name, the inspiration is obvious. "We created a backdrop that looks and feels like a sophisticated  19th-century factory, with many real artifacts and mechanics highlighting the interiors of the space," says Emporium Design principal Robert Stansell. "We make sure that the found objects that are seen throughout the space are authentic artifacts that are repurposed in ways that serve a function  not contrived decoration," adds Emporium principal Tim Welsh. The firm led the concept, design, branding, and construction of the project. The consistency of their vision--from custom patinaed steel windows and light fixtures salvaged from a turn-of-the-century factory to hand-painted signage and branded beer jugs--yields a warm and authentic space where both a blacksmith and a Brooklyn hipster could feel at home.  

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