2008 | Washington, DC

  • Josephine Main Lounge Space Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • Josephine Sunken Lounge Space Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • Josephine VIP Gold Room Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • Josephine Detail of Custom Sofa and Graphic Wallpaper Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • Josephine Main Room Reflected in Mirror Photo: Nikolas Koenig
  • Josephine Interior of Main Room Photo: Nikolas Koenig

Josephine is an upscale bottle service lounge and club in downtown Washington, D.C. A challenging basement space with low ceilings was reworked to create an intimate environment, with a design focused on color and texture. Outfitted with patterned sofas and silver serving ware, the main room is dominated by a custom 25′ long crystal chandelier over the bar and another in the sunken VIP area. Each column is trimmed in wood and given a different graphic wallpaper on each face, creating a shifting mood through different areas of a unified space.

A dark hallway, with a thin strip of light illuminating gold tiles, leads to the smaller room, a gold chamber with a mica-flecked ceiling illuminated by sleek bronze sconces. Mirrored tables are seated in front of metallic wallpaper with blown up images of gold chains and medallions, giving an oversized sense of glamour to a modestly scaled room.


  • 2009

    AIA Washington DC, Excellence Award in Interior Architecture