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Himitsu Speakeasy by Tom Dixon

It doesn’t matter if you’re a design enthusiast or not, it’s safe to say you would have heard the name Tom Dixon before. Normally renowned for his product design (lighting is definitely his specialty) Tom Dixon with help of his architecture and interiors studio Design Research Studio, has completed his first hospitality product in America, merging Japanese mixology with the American prohibition in a cool exclusive speakeasy…

Himitsu, which means ‘secret’ in Japanese (clever!), is only accessible to those who have scored an email-only reservation. A simple storefront placed among executive offices in Atlanta City’s One Buckhead Plaza acts as the façade, where the lucky patrons enter their keypad code to gain access. The following space is a darkly lit lobby enveloped in wide-set timber boards, stained in black, interrupted by the sheen and silhouette of the bronzed geometric maître d’ stand – a theatrical first impression. A sliding metal door opens to expose the hidden gem that is Himitsu.

The establishment is truly impressive, boasting a double-height space that includes a mezzanine as well as a six-meter copper bar, which radiates thanks to the expertly placed lighting. Teal leather stools line the bar mirroring the teal leather banquette that lines the wall perfectly framing the 3.6 x 4.9 metre Todd Murphy painting, which was actually one of the main inspirations for the moody aesthetic of the cocktail lounge.

Tying in with the jewellery box-like bar is the smoked mirror and marble tabletops, which reflect the deep glow of the Melt pendant lights creating an ethereal appeal within the dark cocoon-like establishment.

From the teal leather banquettes and the burgundy velvet dining chairs (found upstairs) to the blackened steel and concrete walls, the play on textures and colour is truly mesmerising, making Himitsu a dreamy destination in Georgia’s historic capital city.

Caitlan N

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