Las Vegas-based design and architecture firm Punch Architecture spearheaded an extensive, 18-month makeover of Kimpton Nine Zero’s onsite bar and restaurant Highball Lounge in Boston as part of the hotel’s complete overhaul.
The lounge has been converted to Better Sorts Social Club, an elevated cocktail and food concept created to complement the hotel’s new look that merges Boston’s history with modern design and luxury. Punch handled all of the interior design and fabricated some of the 3,200-sq.-ft. space’s new furniture. Designers strived to balance the look and feel of a traditional social club with low lighting, dark wood panels and a more contemporary upscale cocktail lounge with an open atmosphere and bright lighting.
Design elements comprise rich and warm American black walnut walls and flooring contrasted with moody burnished dark green plaster colors, Nero Marquina marble, weathered leathers, textural sea glaze green tiles, exotic wallpapers and dark antique mirrors. Bespoke furniture sits on colorful vintage Persian rugs and is made of rich leathers, soft velvets and jewel tone colors set off by handcrafted walnut and ambrosia maple tables with metal and burl inlays that were designed and created by Punch. Décor includes whimsical photos and a mix of reclaimed decorative art deco and regency objects made of hand-blown glass, crystal and brass.
“We wanted it to be a little quirky, fun and playful, but also classy,” says Zak Ostrowski, one of Punch’s three partners along with Drew Gregory and Clemente Cicoria. “We wanted it to appeal to the higher-end Boston Brahmins era and still relate to a younger crowd. It has high-end cocktails and food, but it’s also a place you could go to after a game at Fenway (Park) or after a Celtics game.”
Photo: Courtesy of Punch Architecture