BOKA Restaurant Group
BOKA’s design was inspired by the characteristics and rich history of its location, local culture, and the need for its evolution. Lincoln Park, the Chicago neighborhood BOKA calls home, blossomed during the Victorian Era – a time period characterized by the unexpected rise of the middle class and the upsurge of the bourgeoisie culture and responsible for weaving change and progress into the social fabric of this forward-thinking city.
Dark neutrals and tone-on-tone large scale geometric patterns cover walls and ceilings, while gold-gilded-slats line the main dining room with crisp archways cut out for booths. Highly-patterned black and white concrete floors flood the entrance and dining rooms, while light fixtures reminiscent of draping and billowing found in jewelry and hairstyle shapes during this time hang overhead and along walls, providing the space with a romantic glow. Fist-shaped candle holders, emblematic of popular door knockers of the day—and other oddities inspired by a fascination with the obscure and exotic—are grouped on walls throughout the bar and main dining area, and ornate, moody serving trays with bizarre Dr. Moreau-like animal portraits haunt a live-moss accent wall.
The design represents a modern interpretation of a traditional style creating atmospheric space for restaurant patrons. The result is not only rooted in the fabric of the history of its location but also captures the romance of growth, progress, and individuality of the time—a true aristocratic experience.