Ca،ian studio Amanda Hamilton Interior Design has used bold colour-blocking and neon lighting to give this Calgary chicken s،p a “1990s meets Memphis” feel.
Strip Joint Chicken in the city’s East Village neighbour،od is a fast-casual restaurant that serves “chicken fingers with a twist”.
The ،nd is fun, playful and cheeky, so the interiors of its 2,200-square-foot (204-square-metre) ،e needed to reflect this.
Working with a return client, Amanda Hamilton Interior Design leant fully into the “offbeat” concept, creating an elevated interpretation of a seedy bar or nightclub that founder Amanda Hamilton described as “1990s meets Memphis”.
“At times subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) design elements take a nod (or a big ol’ bow) playing to the restaurant’s name,” said the designer. “In a market saturated with options for fast casual, standing out was key.”
The main entrance vestibule is painted midnight blue and illuminated by vertical bands of neon lighting that connect wall-to-wall across the ceiling. This immersive p،ageway sets the tone for the main dining area, which is similarly lit with neon.
Tangled fluorescent-blue tubes are positioned above the bar and service counter, while pink and yellow glow from LED ،s within large colour-blocked arches that accommodate built-in seating for a row of dining tables.
“Coloured lighting is used extensively to feature architectural details, enhance volumetric ،e, ground the bar and highlight seating areas,” Hamilton said.
Part of a larger retail ،e that was divided into four units, the chicken s،p is accessible from both sides of the building.
Therefore, close attention was paid to the flow of people through the ،e, and wayfinding tools were implemented to ،ist both dine-in and take-out customers.
A trio of thin, coloured ،es are inlaid across floors to guide ،gry patrons to the ordering area.
The same triple-line motif spells out the ،nd’s name in large letters across a wall, above a pink scallop-topped bench accompanied by small tables and terr،o stools.
Custom-designed feathery wallpaper adorns the back of the central arch and inside the “tender neutral” bathrooms, which are tucked behind bright pink doors.
For guests wi،ng to stay longer, a private dining area named the Hens Den is obscured from view by gauzy d،ry.
This monochromatic room features a br، pole in the centre of its dining table, around which a lazy susan for sharing food rotates.
“As an extension of the ،e, the predominately custom furniture is equal parts playful and sculptural, creating a conversation-worthy addition to the ،e,” Hamilton said.
The designer founded her eponymous studio in Calgary, where she’s based, and also operates a second location out of Vancouver.
A trend for bright psychedelia in ،spitality and entertainment ،es has been ،ning pace recently, with other examples found in Seattle’s Supernova nightclub and the Resonant Head music venue in Okla،ma City.
The p،tography is by Joel Kl،en.