Andra Hem

  • Prize
    Jury's Favorite in Interior Design - Hospitality: Bar and Restaurant
  • Company/Firm
    Ghislaine Viñas
  • Lead Designer
    Ghislaine Viñas
  • Architect
    Stokes Architecture + Design
  • Interior Designer
    Ghislaine Viñas
  • Photographer Credit
    Jason Varney
  • Location
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Client
    Paige West
  • Project Date
    January 2023

Andra Hem is a two story cocktail lounge in a townhouse located in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. 'Andra Hem' means ‘second home’ in Swedish. The historical background of the area translated into a fictional storyline and inspiration for the project, given that a number of Swedish farming families were sent over by the King to break ground. As history goes, they worked with the Lenape Tribe on farming land. The ?design ?narrative was specific to the place and architecture of the building. ?The collective goal was for? it to ?be ?cozy and special, but not worn or old like an old library or saloon or tavern?. It? is meant to feel strong, feminine and given the history of the area, Swedish/Scandinavian design became a natural reference The designer traveled to Sweden at the beginning of the project for inspiration and sourcing. Both floors were designed to have a deep, jewel toned palette, infused with bold patterns to give it a sophisticated yet playful feel.? ?Andra Hem also sounded like a woman's name and the?y pictured this woman running this B&B. There's a portrait that represents Andra above the bar and they wanted everyone to have the feeling that you are in Andra’s home.