In the heart of New York’s NoHo neighbourhood, Gachot Studios has worked its magic, transforming a 1800s townhouse into the inviting Jac’s on Bond, a snug cocktail bar paying homage to the beloved Jack Champlin.
This cosy establishment, which opened its doors in February 2023, is a testament to Gachot Studios’ ability to blend historical charm with modern design, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for patrons.
Stepping into Jac’s on Bond is like entering a hidden gem, with the main bar space unfolding beneath grade, concealed by a luxurious heavy velvet curtain. The interior design expertly plays with contrasts – exposed stone walls and dark wood elements juxtapose against a creamy colour palette, setting the tone for a sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance.
“We wanted to open a place that felt like a causal hang out for our Bond Street neighbours, but also elevated and expertly executed, where adults could gather around a well-made cocktail and meet each other – a lost art in New York!” said the Gachot team, whose office is just a few blocks away.
The focal point of the bar is undoubtedly the meticulously crafted counter. Wrapped in dark wood panels and featuring a St Laurent marble top, the bar counter exudes a timeless elegance. A mahogany-framed arched bronze mirror reflects the lively scene from the bar back, adding depth and a touch of vintage glamour to the space.
Adorning the walls throughout Jac’s on Bond are photographs of New York’s hip-hop scene in the 1980s and ’90s, by local artist Janette Beckman. “Her photos are of a New York past – they highlight the up and comers of 1980s and 90s New York hip hop, including some names that went on to become world famous: Run DMC, LL Cool J, Salt n Pepa, Andre 3000,” the team said.
Gachot Studios has artfully designed Jac’s on Bond to offer patrons a sense of intimacy. The main bar space unfolds as a series of cosy niches and warmly lit corners, providing the perfect setting for both socializing and relaxation. Two cylindrical columns and a pair of vintage 1920s sconces frame the skilled bartenders as they expertly mix cocktails, including the establishment’s signature Caprese Martini.
A neutral palette of creams, browns and black was applied to create “a wonderful juxtaposition of the old and new; the rough and the sophisticated that we felt accurately captured the building and neighborhood’s history”, according to the team.
The initial metal and wood ceiling underwent restoration, and the ideal atmosphere for intimate private gatherings was curated by introducing four 1970s table lamps from the Czech lighting firm Kamenicky Senov Preciosa.
Above the stairwell, a pendant light adorned with geometric fabric gracefully hangs, while a custom camel-coloured pool table is strategically placed behind.
Once a wine cellar, the lower-level space emanates a dimly lit speakeasy ambiance, complete with velvet-upholstered seats nestled into arched niches within the stone walls.
Named after Jack Champlin, a cherished member of the NoHo community, Jac’s on Bond pays homage not only through its name but also through its design and atmosphere. Gachot Studios has successfully retained the historical character of the 1800s townhouse, infusing it with a modern and inviting twist that invites patrons to unwind and savour the experience.
“When considering the build out of the bar, we knew we wanted to preserve and showcase as much of the original 1800s townhouse as possible,” the design team said.
Jac’s on Bond stands as a testament to Gachot Studios’ ability to create spaces that transcend their physical dimensions, offering a unique blend of history, design, and community spirit. In the heart of NoHo, this snug cocktail bar has become a haven for those seeking a cozy escape in the bustling landscape of New York City.
Images by William Jess Laird via Dezeen
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