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Las Vegas-Based Architecture and Design Firm Punch Architecture Completes Extensive Makeover of High-End Boston Hotel Lounge

When Boston’s award-winning hotel Kimpton Nine Zero embarked on its bold, top-to-bottom transformation last year, they also wanted to take its on-site bar/restaurant Highball Lounge and undergo an extensive makeover to better reflect the hotel’s traditional-meets-contemporary transformation.

Las Vegas, NV, October 09, 2018 — When Boston’s award-winning hotel Kimpton Nine Zero embarked on its bold, top-to-bottom transformation last year, they also wanted to take its on-site bar/restaurant Highball Lounge and undergo an extensive makeover to better reflect the hotel’s traditional-meets-contemporary transformation.

Enter up-and-coming Las Vegas-based (with offices in Denver, Los Angeles, and New York City) design and architecture firm Punch Architecture, which was tasked with the makeover of the Highball Lounge to become the Better Sorts Social Club, a glamorous cocktail-forward, elevated-food concept that better fit with Nine Zero’s concept of melding the city of Boston’s history and tradition with the luxurious contemporary design and social aesthetic of today’s finest luxury hotels.

Punch Architecture, better known as simply Punch, was tasked with all the interior design and fabricated a portion of the new lounge’s furniture. The project, from conception to construction, took about 18 months for the 3,200-square-foot space

“We wanted it to be a little quirky, fun and playful, but also classy,” says Zak Ostrowski, one of Punch’s three partners along with Drew Gregory and Clemente Cicoria. “We wanted it to appeal to the higher-end Boston Brahmins era and still relate to a younger crowd. It has high-end cocktails and food, but it’s also a place you could go to after a game at Fenway (Park) or after a Celtics game.”

Ostrowski said they wanted to strike a balance between the traditional social club and its low lighting, dark wood panels and stateliness and a more modern upscale cocktail lounge with its open, airy atmosphere, brighter lighting and contemporary furniture. They also wanted to dovetail with Nine Zero’s new aesthetic, which blends modern sophistication with a nod to Boston’s storied history.

He says Better Sorts’ design concept is “a throwback to the golden age of classic spirit bars with its elegant sexiness, cheeky sensibilities, and enigmatic sensuality.”

The interior materials consist of rich and warm American Black Walnut wood walls and flooring contrasted with moody burnished dark green plaster colors, Nero Marquina marble, weathered leathers, textural sea glaze green tiles, exotic yet subtle wallpapers, dark and mysterious antique mirrors, and sultry lighting throughout the space.

The custom furniture pieces are made of rich leathers, soft velvets, and jewel tone colors set off by hand-crafted walnut and ambrosia maple tables with metal and burl inlays (designed and made by Punch), gently resting on colorful vintage Persian rugs. Better Sorts décor is filled with whimsical photos, a mix of reclaimed decorative art deco and regency objects made of handblown glass, crystal and brass.

“It was a great project,” says Ostrowski. “We were able to use a rich, yet comfortable material palette, that works well with the hotel’s redesign. There were a lot of parties involved in the design, so it was a fun collaborative process. We also wanted to be open-minded and have the flexibility to incorporate the Boston environment.”

Punch is no stranger to high-end restaurant and lounge design, winning an AIA award for celebrity Chef Chris Cosentino’s Jackrabbit at The Duniway Hotel in Portland, Oregon and designing such dazzling establishments as Maison Pickle in New York City, and Element Kitchen & Cocktail in Denver, Colorado. Punch has also been recognized for its commercial and residential designs. The Punch firm also includes Punch Fab, its fabrication, furniture, and R&D department and Punch & Pie, its business strategy and concept department.

Founded only three years ago, Ostrowski feels Punch’s work on Better Sorts Social Club is another feather in its cap.

“We’re stoked,” he says. “We are very satisfied with the results.”

About Punch Architecture

Punch creates spaces, environments, and objects that are site-specific to the client and their brand, while being conscientious of the impact the design makes on the surrounding environment and interaction between the end user.

Our firm’s process starts with an idea that is ultimately layered with multiple elements; building up within the project context through transformative design, exploration, and storytelling. Each project’s success lies in the research, innovation, design strategy, and social context that is specific for each space and client. Our designs are original works that embody passion, integrity, quality, and beauty; yet maintain functionality and simplicity.

Punch Architecture is a licensed architecture and design firm in the United States with international project experience. Punch Fab is our fabrication, furniture, and R&D department. Punch & Pie is our business strategy and concept department that works with new and established brands through various forms of visual media such as film, motion graphics, and interactive site-specific installations.


All new business inquiries should be directed to info@puncharc.com or by phone:

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San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up and coming markets in the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Greater China.

Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal. Kimpton’s employees, empowered to provide heartfelt service and experiences, have built a highly regarded workplace culture that appears consistently on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information, visitwww.KimptonHotels.com.

Kimpton and its ownership group, Brookfield Hotel Properties, engaged Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), the world’s leading hospitality interior design firm, along with Boston-based branding firm, Korn Design, to create a completely new aesthetic that blends history and contemporary design in Kimpton Nine Zero.

Located in Boston’s historic Ladder District, at the crossroads of Beacon Hill, the Theatre District, Downtown Crossing and the Financial District, Nine Zero has transformed its 190 guest rooms and suites, living room, and 2,400 square feet of private event and meeting space into a seductive and design-forward hotel that uniquely nods to Boston history.

Nine Zero is located at 90 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108. For reservations please call 866-906-9090; for the hotel please call 617-772-5800. For more information and updates, please visit www.ninezero.com and follow @ninezerohotelboston on Instagram; @NineZeroHotel on Facebook and @Kimpton on Twitter; #ninezerohotel.


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Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


International Artist Liu Bolin Exhibits a Special Creation at “Art Bengaluru 2014”

“The Invisible Man” performs live in India for the first time.

Bangalore, India, 27th August, 2014 — In a mesmerising display of performance art, renowned camouflage artist, Liu Bolin, vanished into his painting to craft yet another indelible memory at Art Bengaluru 2014. Showcasing his work in India for the first time, the artist created an installation titled “Charger Series – Peony No. 2” and also put up a live performance for the inauguration of the Art Festival, where he emerged from a Magazine Rack. South India’s biggest Art Festival, Art Bengaluru’s 5th Edition is being held at The Collection at UB City, Bangalore from 21st to 30th August, 2014.

Beijing-based artist, Liu Bolin, uses art as a medium to comment on society and repressive social norms. His best known photo series, “Hiding in the City”, took form in November 2005 when the Beijing city management demolished Suo Jia Cun – Asia’s largest international artist village and Liu Bolin’s home. As a silent protest to this event, Liu Bolin started his now legendary series Hiding in the City, which has spread beyond China countries like France, Italy & U.S.A.

Art Bengaluru began in 2009 as a quest to encourage & develop a thriving community of artists & art connoisseurs in Bangalore. Each year, the festival puts forth new art concepts for its audience; this year the event has scaled new heights with Bolin’s engaging performance at the inauguration. The Opening Night saw this talented artist blend into rows of shelves lined with magazines.

Uzma Irfan – Executive Director, Corporate Communications – Prestige Group, Founder – Sublime Galleria and Conceptualizer & Organizer – Art Bengaluru said, “We are honoured to have an artist of the caliber of Liu Bolin at Art Bengaluru who will unveil an exclusive creation for the event. Each year Art Bengaluru aims to get bigger & better and this time we have reached a new level with the artworks & artists, which will place the festival on the global art map. I urge all of you to join us in celebrating these unique creations of art which are displayed at the festival.”

Speaking about Art Bengaluru, Artist Liu Bolin said, “Art Bengaluru is an incredible platform for artists to display their works. Over the years, the organisers of this festival have done their best to promote & support artists from diverse backgrounds and it is a pleasure to perform & showcase my work in India for the first time at Art Bengaluru.”

Another work of art by Bolin, which has held the audience captive, is his installation the Charger Series which has originated from the artist’s dissatisfaction towards material possessions. This work of art shows cell phone chargers plugged into steel forms of the human body. The cell phone charger serves as an indicator of the boundless desires of human beings.

Artist Bolin explains the concept, “As we carry more and more burdens on our shoulders, we are gradually pulled away from the essence of life. In my work, the variety of brands, styles & sizes of the chargers demonstrates the diversity of life while also exhibiting the traces of human desire. As functional objects become unusable, they perfectly represent the unappeasable nature of human desire.”

A form of social commentary, Bolin’s artworks warn audiences of impending disasters caused by human overindulgence.

About Art Bengaluru:
Art Bengaluru, one of the most reputed Art Festival’s in India, has been created to showcase a wide spectrum of art forms and provide a platform for artists (both Indian & International) to exhibit their works.

Launched in 2010, Art Bengaluru began with a vision to promote works of art and cultivate a thriving art community in the city. The First Year of Art Bengaluru saw 15 Galleries across the city participate in the week-long festival that also screened a series of Short Films, in addition to an Art Competition for Children. The Second Edition featured 15 Art Galleries from across the country with the highlight being the inaugural Luxury Art Auction. The Third Edition showcased 15 top National & International Art Galleries, a Children’s Art Competition, Workshops, Speaker Sessions and the iconic International Art & Luxury Auction. Each year, the festival strives to rise a notch higher than the last, and in 2013 the much-awaited event saw over 100 National & International Artists showcase a diverse collection of artworks while the Auction saw on block works of celebrated artists such as M.F. Hussain, S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, amongst others. The Fourth Edition also introduced Berserk – a unique Arts Conference for Children in addition to the trademark activities.

About Art Bengaluru 2014:
Riding on the success of the last four editions, Art Bengaluru returns with its 5th Edition. Presented by The Collection at UB City in association with Sublime Galleria, the 10-day event, from the 21st-30th of August, features a host of talented artists & leading Art Galleries from across India & the world.

This year, Art Bengaluru seeks to recreate and celebrate the Renaissance Period – an era of intellectual and artistic revival, inspired by a renewed study of Classical literature and art – with the theme of European Art History. The event is showcasing 13 top galleries including one from New York & Vietnam.

Christel House India, engaged in providing free education, nutrition & healthcare to impoverished children in Bangalore, have created an exclusive installation by students from their High School, based on the Renaissance theme for the event.

Gracing the event was Padma Shri Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, renowned Santoor Maestro, who put up a special performance at The Collection at UB City, on Sunday, 24th Aug 2014 at 6pm.

Also a part of Art Bengaluru is ‘Berserk 2014‘ – a 3-day Residential Art Conference for children which aims to motivate, inspire and facilitate children, between 8-14 years of age, to discover and pursue their artistic talents.

For more information on ‘Art Bengaluru 2014’ please visit http://www.artbengaluru.in

About Sublime Art Galleria:
Sublime Galleria, located at UB City, is India’s first Sky Gallery founded in 2009 by Ms. Uzma Irfan – Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Prestige Group. Having tied up with several successful exhibitions in the past, Sublime has become a brand to reckon with among art lovers. It brings in a regular contingent of eminent art experts & rising artists.

This reputed space is on a mission to further the cause of the arts and also place itself as a dynamic crucible for the next generation to develop and showcase their talent. Sublime reaches out to upcoming artists and offers them a platform to showcase their talent and make their body of work accessible to the art loving community of Bangalore.

Sublime Galleria has promoted the works of several artists across categories. Some examples of the mélange of work exhibited at Sublime in the past include ‘Genesis’ by Simran KS Lamba – a unique presentation of Mixed Media Artwork in Coal Tar, ‘Crossroads’ – a unique celebration of Fine Art by four leading artists – G. Subramanian, Gurudas Shenoy, Jasu Rawal and Milind Nayak.

Sublime Galleria has earlier showcased the works of Aamina Shazi, Amit Sharma, Anoop H., Ashish Parmar, C.P.B. Prasad, Devanshi (Tina), Farah Ahmed, Kalabhakesari, Manoj Masand, Pallon Daruwala (Established Artist), Pragya Jain, Priyanka Gupta Agarwal, Rupesh Patrick, Shukla Chowdhury, Simran K.S. Lamba, Soraya Taher Merchant, Srividya and Tala Afsin.

For Further Information Contact:
Urmila Biswas
Mob: +91 98860 99736
Email: contact@marchingantsllp.com

The Renaissance Period Comes Alive with ‘Art Bengaluru 2014’

The 5th Edition of one of the most reputed Art Festivals to be held in Bangalore from 21-30th August 2014.

Bangalore, India, August 06, 2014 — The stage is set for ‘Art Bengaluru 2014‘ – one of the most reputed national art festivals in India. The 5th edition of this annual art soiree is all set to bring the Renaissance period alive in Bangalore with the theme for this year being European Art History. This festival, which is one of The Collection at UB City’s & Sublime Galleria’s annual proprietary events, is a celebration of art, culture and luxury. Art Bengaluru which started in 2010 is South India’s biggest art festival, which brings a mélange of artwork and artists from across the country as well as from abroad, under one roof. Art Bengaluru 2014 begins on 21st August 2014 and will continue till the 30th of the Month.

Every year, Art Bengaluru becomes bigger and better but this year’s edition is on a truly international scale. The art festival will showcase 13 top galleries including one from New York, one from Vietnam, apart from presenting one of China’s most popular artists, Liu Bolin and his work, for the first-time ever in India.

Also known as “The Invisible Man”, Bolin’s art has been showcased in museums across the world. Bolin will be exhibiting the now legendary “Hiding in the City” series – photographic works that began as performance art in 2005, apart from unveiling a creation that he’s working on exclusively for Art Bengaluru 2014.

Speaking about Art Bengaluru, Uzma Irfan – Executive Director, Corporate Communications – Prestige Group, Founder – Sublime Galleria and Conceptualizer & Organizer – Art Bengaluru said, “This year’s theme is the Renaissance period in European Art History, which is considered one of the richest eras for art, invention, culture & science. This period marks the beginning of new thinking, patronage and most importantly, the rebirth of classical art. Art Bengaluru, over the past 4 years, has attempted to increase art appreciation in the city and encourage fresh thinking, new ideologies pertaining to art and its mediums. Bangalore is home to some of the most liberal minds in the country and this celebrated event aims to carve a niche for Bangalore on the global map of Art & Luxury. The journey with Art Bengaluru this year will be both informative as well as a delight for the senses. I invite each and every one of you to make this event a success with your participation.”

About the Theme:
The 5th edition of Art Bengaluru aims to reflect upon the Renaissance period, one of the most prominent art periods in Europe, by highlighting some of the best works of art from around the world. The Collection at UB City, this year, will be transformed into a haven of European Art, giving us a glimpse of the past, by bringing alive the Renaissance period. The rich chapters of European Art History will be the inspiration for the décor, theme and installations within UB City, whose architecture already resonates an international theme. With mashaal lighting, a frame entrance, the Colosseum as the backdrop for the evening’s entertainment, the festival is all set to transport one back in time to one of the most enriching eras of European Art, showcased by a life-size book on the various famous paintings, junk art of paintings and an enormous scroll with information on the era.

The word ‘Renaissance’ is a French word meaning rebirth and refers to the revival of art and culture in Europe after the Middle Ages and to the actual revolution, focused around one of the city-states of Italy, Florence. This revolution was the resurgence of creative study and the glorification of artists, painters and sculptures. Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci & Raphael were some of the famous artists from this period.

Visit the website for more information: www.artbengaluru.in.

Opening Night:
As always, Art Bengaluru 2014 will commence with a grand Opening Night that will introduce the theme of the festival. The Chief Guest, celebrated artist, Mr. Krishnamachari Bose, will be creating an installation, based on the theme of Renaissance, exclusively for the Inauguration. His artwork titled ‘No-Thing/Nothing’ seeks to build on the extremities and the subtleties that are prevalent in one’s life. The evening’s entertainment will include unveiling of the installation, along with an awe-inspiring dance performance, which will bring the era alive for its audience.

Galleries at Art Bengaluru 2014:
Several reputed International & National Art Galleries are participating in the festival this year, including Klein Sun Gallery (New York), Vietnam Street Gallery (Vietnam), Nature Morte (Delhi), Latitude 28 (Delhi), Progressive Art Gallery (Delhi), Gurukala Gallery (Delhi), Art Salon (Delhi), Art Houz (Chennai), Asian Art House (Hyderabad), Christel House (Bangalore), iSpace Art Gallery (Bangalore) & Purple Turtles (Bangalore) among others.

Artists at Art Bengaluru 2014:
Several reputed artists are showcasing their work at this year’s festival including R.B. Bhaskaran, S.G. Vasudev, Jaykumar G., A.V. Illango, Alphonso Arul Doss, Athiveera Pandian, C. Douglas, Gopinath, Vijay Pichumani, Asma Menon, Benitha, Premlatha Seshadri, Reena Kallat, Raghu Rai, Abhijeet, Raghunath Sahoo, Oinam Dilip, Steven Gandhi, Paramesh Paul, Prasenjit Sengupta, Gautam Mukherjii, Sekhar Roy, Gurukinkar Dhang, among others.

Artists at Sublime Galleria:
During this festival, Sublime Galleria will showcase well-known artist, Mohan Vijaya Raghavan’s latest collection. An artist who draws inspiration from Renaissance Art & Architecture, Mohan’s style is influenced by classical and rock music. His travels around the world have played a key role in expressing his views and beliefs through his art. Mohan’s work – be it portraiture, still-life, streetscapes & landscapes – has been displayed in galleries the world over.

For Further Information:
Urmila Biswas
Mob: +91 98860 99736
Email: contact@marchingantsllp.com
URL: http://www.artbengaluru.in

Eric Johnson to lead design firm

(Savannah)  Gus Bell, III, Chairman of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung (HGBD), announced today that Eric Johnson has returned to the firm as President of HGBD International, Inc. Johnson is an architect, the former Senate President Pro Tem and a recent Republican candidate for Governor of Georgia.

Gus Bell stated, “Eric Johnson is second to none when it comes to integrity, and strong work ethic.”

Johnson returns to HGBD after four years working in real estate development for North Point Industrial. While there, he oversaw the design and construction of the Research & Development campus for Gulfstream Aerospace. Prior to that, Johnson worked for HGBD International for 19 years, rising to Vice President and successfully expanding the firm into north Georgia by establishing the Gainesville office. He has a Masters in Architecture from Tulane University and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

HGBD International, Inc. is one of eight specialized companies within the Bell Companies.  The firm employs over 220 employees located throughout Savannah and Gainesville, Georgia; Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Hamilton, Bermuda.  Over the past fifteen years, the firm has gained international recognition as one of Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms.  HGBD offers extensive in-house multi-discipline design services.  From their origin as a civil engineering firm, HGBD has continued to expand their capabilities to meet the changing needs of their clients.  The firm offers a complete range of civil, water, wastewater, transportation, environmental, geotechnical, and structural engineering as well as architecture, interior design, surveying and support services.  HGBD has completed a wide array of projects in 35 states and 16 countries.

“I am excited about the opportunity to use my 30 years of professional experience and statewide network to expand this firm’s footprint and services,” said Senator Johnson. “As this region recovers from the recession, HGBD is positioned to offer the critical services needed to build infrastructure and create jobs.”

Melissa Phillips
Director of Marketing & Business Development
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