The Double Dealer

Hidden under the historic Orpheum Theater, which opened in 1921, the Double Dealer’s Art Nouveau-inspired design layers raw and refined materials - from exposed concrete to plush velvet - creating a striking juxtaposition throughout the space.

 

Meant to conjure up a moodiness and sense of mystery that is synonymous with theatrical and speakeasy culture, the space is anchored by a variety of reclaimed mechanisms found in the backstage area of a theater, including vintage theater curtains and a hand-painted 1930s theater backdrop.

 

A stunning collection of vintage stage costumes adorn the venue’s walls, inspiring a sense of wonder and nostalgia.

Categories

Interior, Bar

 

Status

Completed 2020

 

Location

New Orleans, LA

 

Size

3,300 SF

Above:

 

Art Nouveau graphics from the cover of The Double Dealer magazine, which was an influential literary journal in New Orleans during prohibition, were reinterpreted to create a molding that is a unique focal point behind the bar.

 

One-way glass windows pivot open to offer patrons unobstructed access to the  bar team from private 2-person booths inspired by British "snugs", where 19th century middle and upper-class women could drink out of the public eye.

 

From the snug, a patron can turn on a small red light to call the bartender.

 

Right (above):

 

A rendering of the digital 3D model of the back bar molding

 

Right (below):

 

The cover of The Double Dealer magazine from March 1922

Vintage red velvet theater curtains are used to create intimate 4 and 6-person booths with an operable panel for privacy and a call light for cocktail service.

A pair of enigmatic, center-pivoting, infinity mirror doors are a striking focal point of the main bar room and disguise the lounge room beyond, creating an exciting sense of discovery when they open.

Above:

 

The view from the main bar room through one of the pivoting infinity mirror doors to the lounge room where one can watch live entertainment

 

Right:

 

A stunning collection of vintage stage costumes adorn the venue’s walls, inspiring a sense of wonder and nostalgia.

The smaller private bar has a patinated copper bar top and a hand-painted 1930s theater backdrop used as a floor-to-ceiling wallcovering throughout the room.

PROJECTS

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