Vintage’s realisation highlights WORKSTEAD’s larger exploration of the Art Deco movement’s influence on Tulsa’s downtown area. Streamlined contours and opulent structure are complemented by jewel-like hues and warm fixtures. The venue itself sits below the First Ward Salon, an earlier WORKSTEAD project, and is set within a sleeve of subtly stepping walls and anchored by a long, low banquette to one side and stepped walnut bar to the other.
In finalisng Vintage’s interior presentation, WORKSTEAD consulted a host of different design visionaries including local millworker Eric Fransen; Los Angeles-based furniture brand Lawson Fenning and British wallpaper and paint manufacturer Farrow & Ball for the inclusion of complementary product. The rich design of such ingredients is further elevated by a selection of the studio’s iconic Signal lighting collection, generating an overall feeling of strength in form, utility and material, a central part of WORKSTEAD’s practice.
The unveiling of Vintage also marks the studio’s first foray into branding – a comprehensive package was completed for the project. The resulting framework is a natural extension of the bar’s internal aesthetic and more largely reflects the desire to create a new wine destination in the American Midwest.
Vintage was realised through the partnership of several local visionaries – owners of First Ward Salon, Jessica Bond and James Sherrod, purchased the larger building in partnership with Mark Perkins, a local attorney, under Hygge Properties. Following this, they approached proprietor Matt Sanders about revisioning his existing Vintage 1740 wine bar brand with WORKSTEAD as the design lead.