An aesthetic restaurant in Texas ready for an Instagram photo-shoot is what awaits you when you enter Last Straw. Bright colors, 90’s vibe, it’s a magical place to visit and find out more about the interior design details behind this incredible hospitality project. Come with us and find out more about this vibrant Texan bar!
“We kept the exterior fairly clean, letting the focus be on plants and a large neon sign,” Will shares.
From the aqua floor to the ombré walls, it’s like stepping into an 1990s aesthetic moodboard, and we couldn’t be more in love with it. This bar is the brainchild of two visual artists, Will Bryant and Cody Haltom. Their concept for Last Straw is full of charm and unexpected design.
“Conceptually, the line ‘Vacation by the Hour’ was an overall guide,” Will explains. “Maybe you can’t go to the beach for a week, but you can escape life for two hours on a Tuesday. It’s a fake escape. Our own colorful version of Chotchkie’s from Office Space.”
Will is an artist and designer who makes positive, fun, and slightly humorous work. In his sculptural installations, abstract patterns, and illustrations, there is always a sense of exuberance at play with a colorful palette. Cody is an art director and designer. His studio collaborates with clients on a range of projects, including identity, print, installation, illustration and interactive. In this opportunity to work together, it’s easy to see both their creative veins in one single place, combining perfectly in a bar that is not only colorful but full of life.
“A large mural covers the west wall of the space, with a wraparound banquette, custom terrazzo tables and Amigo Modern snack chairs,” Cody shares.
“We were approached to be the creative arm for a new bar concept,” Will begins. “We’d been wanting a chance to work on a larger project together and combine our sensibilities and approaches. We designed the layout, picked furniture, designed and painted murals, selected artwork, worked on graphics, signage, menus, and [ran] social media as a two-man team.”
A seating area with a mid-century walnut wood and leather sofa is what sparks us interest as well, incredible chairs with magical patterns and plants filling the corners for a more tropical boho vibe give this bar a uniqueness that is often looked past in some projects.
We can’t help but love every single detail of this stunning bar, from the deep green mosaic accent wall behind the counter to the modern with a touch of retro bar stools, even the hints of yellow on doorframes and blue floor. Irresistible, be sure to check out Last Straw in Austin, Texas, for a design explosin!
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