Kinslahger Brewing Company

When we first met with the owners of The Kinslahger Brewing Company, their signature tasting room was still in preliminary design stages with their architect. Yearbook Studios was asked to create an interior design experience that would embody the essence of a true 1920s speakeasy for the modern world and would act as the living brand extension in which the public could experience their extraordinary amber beers.

Interior Elements

Being the first craft brewery in Oak Park, Kinslahger wanted to set themselves apart from neighboring bars and restaurants in the area. We worked closely with the architect and general contractor to achieve the desired interior details we envisioned. A palette of charcoal greys, black and ivory served as the backdrop for the space. We sourced vintage Navy chairs from the Firestone Tire Factory in downstate Illinois and had them stripped and powder coated in a gleaming silver finish with refinished wood seats. The bar stools are original Toledo drafting stools from the General Electric Plant in Indiana. We used a textured anaglyptic wall covering from England to mimic the original tin ceiling. The ceiling itself was stripped of its layers of paint and the architect ran a series of test finishes for our review. The bar top is zinc to catch the light and complement the metal seating. We did a sprayed painted finish on the bar and the wainscotting with a lustrous finish.

The lighting played an important role in the space, both in setting a mood and as additional design elements. The Art Deco style sconces over the banquette punctuate the wall and delineate the art that is strategically placed in between each sconce. This echoes the high bar back hutch we designed across the room. The backlighting in the hutch was planned and created by the architect using plate glass windows salvaged from the original storefront. Two industrial factory lamps hang over two intimate tables to either side of the front entrance. We designed the 25 foot banquette to recall men’s clubs of the 1930s with broad vertical channels across the back.