AFA 2014: The Bar

2014 Architectural Finesse Award Winner

Edited by Melissa Mauzy
Photography by Alise O'Brien


Directions in Design, Inc.
Architect: John Peckham, AIA

The bar, designed by Directions In Design, Inc., is the epitome of a gentleman’s bar. The custom-designed cherry wood bar features five carved scenes depicting Old World wine-making. Accent lighting below the granite highlights the woodcarvings. To finish off the edge of the granite, intricate corbels and wood beading complement the carvings.

Behind the bar, a recessed arched opening displays decorative decanters and liquor bottles. Custom millwork surrounds the archway. The fireplace is made of many layers of carved details. Tuscan limestone surrounds the firebox and creates the hearth. The wall behind the fireplace is covered in cherry wood with raised panel detail, while the remaining walls are covered in textured grass cloth. Wood-carved barstools covered in tooled leather and nail head accents complete the look.

Why the judges love it:
This bar exudes a rich, warm and comfortable feel – a gentleman’s bar indeed. Classical and elegant, attention to detail from top to bottom makes this space outstanding.  

Designer: Directions In Design, Inc., 314-205-2010
Millwork: Victor Hill, V3 Studios, 314-440-3222 
Limestone and Granite: Global Granite, 314-426-1466