nicoll russell studios
architects + interior designers



Lindsay Street, Dundee

The client wished to “radically change” an existing and dated Irish bar into a modern contemporary yet comfortable bar that had its own unique identity in an up and coming area in the centre of Dundee.
The client had a limited budget and a fit out window of 5 weeks from initial concept design to trading to the public. Nicoll Russell Studios were conscious that a creative paint scheme and space planning would not be enough to successfully change the interior. The restricted budget would not allow all new furniture so we had to be creative with reconditioning existing furniture and sourcing reclaimed elements to reduce costs.
Nicoll Russell Studios came up with an industrial factory concept that would lend itself to the distressed elements and highlighting these would create a bold new look that would be “radically” different to the existing Irish bar. Nicoll Russell Studios sourced a variety of industrial features from refurbished light fittings, reclaimed industrial furniture, distressed timbers and fabrics, to factory packing case stencils.
The interior has several strong features that help to define the space and help create it own unique character. There are two graphic walls of text created using the industrial stencils, a large tactile “timber off cut” wall separating the main drinking space from the dining area and lounge area. Large decorative pendants fittings, utilizing exposed reclaimed filament bulbs and a colour palette that is modern and comfortable.
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Photography : Scott McIntyre for NRS