Deveroes, a local shoe and clothing retail business, commissioned Brashear Bolton to design the interior of their new store in the Hopple Street Crossing Retail Center in Cincinnati.The 8,200-square-foot space unveiled a new image for Deveroes, a prototype for their future retail locations. The space is simple and contemporary, with concrete floors and white ceiling panels beneath the exposed steel roof structure. A variety of contemporary lighting is used throughout the space. A suspended wall unit shoe display, the focal feature of the store, is finished with glossy white laminate and perimeter lighting. Interchangeable translucent, image panels, placed in recessed openings, are the backdrop for the sleek shoe display shelving.
Enzo's OTR was conceived in response to the rapidly changing face of Over-the-Rhine and the growing demand for food service in the Washington Park area fueled by extensive neighborhood renovation and the construction of the new School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Once the showroom of a Chevrolet dealership built in 1920, the storefront space, now home to Enzo's, has large concrete clear-span beams above, and small, hexagonal, black and white patterned ceramic tiles on the floor creating a contradiction of scale.
The designers were challenged to resolve the contradiction and infuse the space with the human scale appropriate for a coffee shop. The configuration of the order counter and the floating light panel above, along with color and material variations throughout the space, and the size of the furniture serve to provide the desired scale and to visually soften the previously all hard-surfaced space. These effects are further enhanced by warm lighting, some soft seating and throw pillows, and the presence of artwork by local artists, including original paintings displayed along the south wall and rotating photography exhibits on the dark-stained poplar panel of the north wall.
The vibrant orange dining chairs and white-topped tables seen through the storefront from the outside against a backdrop of the patterned tile floor, the warm dark "coffee" color of the stained poplar and accent elements, and the chartreuse walls of the visible kitchen area beckon the pedestrian to the cozy corner that is Enzo's for a cup of coffee or tea, a sandwich or a sweet treat, or, depending upon the hour, just a quiet spot to read or use a laptop.
DuBois Book Store
University of Cincinnati landmark, DuBois Book Store, recently underwent a major renovation and expansion that doubled the store's floor area. The entrance level, once confined and drab, is now wide open for apparel sales, with an impressive sales counter and a grand stair leading to book sales areas and offices in the upper levels. Exposed steel structure and ductwork, sleek industrial light fixtures, and steel and wood finishes are features of the renovated store. In August 2006, DuBois Book Store was awarded a Cincinnati Magazine Interior Design Award.
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