Talea taproom interiors draw inspiration from West Village history
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New York’s Alda Ly Architecture created a taproom specifically for female-owned and veteran-owned businesses. Then, you can also find out more about the following:Talea of the city West VillageA neighbourhood that includes a place where groups can “scheme”.
Talea West VillageThis is the third location of the beer company and its first Manhattan location.
The space is housed in a 1920s-era building on Christopher Street. This iconic thoroughfare is home to a number of landmarks, businesses and historical spaces associated with LGBTQ+ rights.
Alda Ly Architecture said: “This new taproom in Christopher Street reclaims masculine identity as a West Village saloon, while celebrating voices of women and LGBTQ+ community in the Village. Talea’s popular sours are served in a vibrant, elevated space.”ALA).
The main space, which is flooded with natural lighting thanks to large windows along its street facade, is anchored by an angled white quartz countertop with a purple front.
Behind, a yellow-tiled partition is mounted with a number of beer taps. Glassware and cans on shelves are displayed above.
Alda Ly, ALA’s founder, said: “We opened up space to provide as many open areas for the front dining area and brought the bar to the front and centre of the room to highlight the taps and their extensive selection beers.”
“We wanted it to be a welcoming beacon of light for everyone in the neighbourhood,” she added.
The other side has built-in, stained oak seating and small circular tables against an exposed brickwall.
Scroll dining chairs in pale green with muted red backrests. Industry WestContinue the interior’s vibrant colour palette. This is echoed by the artworks displayed on the wall.
Marissa Feddema, ALA’s project director, said that it was important to capture the spirit and warmth of Talea by creating a space which felt both elevated and warm.
The Revolution Room is a smaller, more intimate space, located past the bar. The team says that this room was designed for small groups of 8 to 10 people who can “plan, hang out and gather”.
A large table is located below a NuuraThe Miira 8 oval chandelier is suspended from a skylight. More brickwork is exposed, adding to the saloon feel.
Further back still, patrons will find the Snug – a much darker and cosier room decorated with jewel-toned furniture, navy limewash painted walls and a vintage fireplace mantle.
The moody bathroom walls are decorated with photos of prominent local residents, including gender activists over the years. These images highlight the importance of this neighbourhood to the LGBTQ+ communities.
ALA has designed the Union Square area in the vicinity. Interior for a Doctor’s Office and ClinicWith earthy and cosy details
The photography is by Brooke Holm.
Architect and interior designer ALA (Alda Ly, Marissa Feddema, Sheridan Treadwell, Marlee Anderson)
MEP engineer: Tan Engineering
General Contractor: Aerial Design & Build