Brooklyn-based Home Studio has renovated three hospitality spaces on Nantucket Island, including a bright restaurant and an underground lounge that immerses guests in a “cinematic” underwater landscape.
The Pearl restaurant, Boarding House bar, and Below the Rose lounge are all under one roof at 12 Federal Street on Nantucket, an island off the coast of Massachusetts that’s popular with summer vacationers.
After 30 years, the property changed hands and was in need of updating, so Home Studios was asked to reimagine the interior while still retaining a familiar feel for patrons.
“The Pearl and its offshoot spaces are beloved Nantucket properties, so Home Studio set its sights on continuing the existing story and tradition, reinterpreting it rather than rewriting it. “The process took two years to hone and refine its origin story,” the studio said. to complete the project.
The interior design objective was to create a separate look and feel for each of the three spaces, while maintaining visual unity across the connected rooms.
“There is a fully immersive cinematic experience,” studio founder Oliver Haslegrave told Dezeen. “However, the choice of materials and color schemes for each space is different.”
The Pearl’s renovation included “polishing” the main restaurant, private dining room, and patio area.
In the light-filled restaurant, warm white and beige tones are complemented by cool blues, while glossy tiles lining the chimney add texture and shine.
White oak tables and chairs have soft, contemporary shapes that contrast with the harsh colonial architectural details.
Behind the stone-topped bar, floral designs add a touch of glamor, including a mural by Lucas Jeronimas Giniotis and mirror art by Paul Clifford.
One of the private dining spaces is decorated in dark earth tones and includes a lounge area with leather and bouclé seating and carefully selected vintage furniture.
In renovating The Boarding House, Home Studios drew on the island’s maritime history.
Many of the original elements were retained, including the bar, back bar, and stone floors, and the interior was updated to provide a contemporary representation of the building’s Federal-style architecture.
“With The Boarding House, we wanted a space built to withstand the challenges of life at sea, and a place to host grand celebrations to celebrate homecoming,” Haslegrave said.
His studio also designed a new dark and moody lounge in the basement, “Below the Rose”, with a different interpretation of the marine theme.
Inspired by an underwater landscape, the deep blue walls and ceiling are decorated with murals of aquatic life, also by Jeronimas Giniotis, giving guests the feeling of being submerged beneath the waves.
“We approached the design of the space as if it were an ocean filled with unfamiliar creatures, textures and shapes,” says Halsgrave. “Dark and moody, full of character and unique details.”
Richly grained wood wraps the cased openings and bases of the columns, forming an arch across the back bar and further framing the mirror artwork by Clifford.
Rust-colored bar stools, dark brass sconces, and champagne-toned glass flush mounts all stand out against the dark hue.
The lounge has a completely different feel than the dining space above, but together they bring this famous local institution to life.
Home Studio has worked on multiple hospitality projects, from the renovation of Daunt’s Albatross Motel in Montauk to the design of Laurel Brasserie and Bar in Salt Lake City.
Founded by Halsgrave in 2009, the studio has built a Mediterranean-style hotel in Los Angeles and converted a train station into a restaurant in Wisconsin.
Cinematography by Matt Kissiday.