Bar and games room that echoes flavor of Art Deco-era ocean liners

Basement games room with look of 1930s ocean liner includes mosaic murals and exposed metal beams
Story by: Charles Moxham
Fancy a Seabreeze or a Sundowner? This basement countertop, interior design, real estate, table, gray, black
Fancy a Seabreeze or a Sundowner? This basement entertainment and bar space follows the theme of an ocean liner from the 1920s or '30s.

A games room is likely to be set apart from the formal rooms in a home, and have a much more relaxed atmosphere. All the better, then, when the main decor translates readily into a playful theme.

This basement games room forms part of a house by architect Richard Landry, with interiors by designer Joan Behnke. While the owners loved the flair of the Art Deco style, local guidelines required an Italianate exterior. In response, Landry created a home with Italian facades and a decor that evokes the Roaring Twenties.

The homeowners frequently entertain on a grand scale and this basement space includes an air hockey table as well as a pool table and bar, says Landry.

"There's also a pool and spa next door and a theater room. We decided to continue the look from upstairs in all these spaces, but in a more light-hearted way."


The main room features substantial metal wall and interior design, living room, gray, black
The main room features substantial metal wall and ceiling beams, evoking the exposed structure of a large ship. The mosaic wall murals are another nod to the Roaring Twenties.

In the 1920s and 30s, ocean cruises were a popular pastime, and liners were often finished in the Art Deco style. A feature of these ships was the large metal rafters intrinsic to their structure.

"To set the scene in the main room, I introduced steel girders across the wood supports on the ceiling," says Landry. "The beams extend down the walls to the floor, segmenting the views murals, in this case just as they would be from the windows of an ocean-going liner."

The life-size mosaic mural running along one wall depicts the waves as seen from a passenger deck and there's a similar graphic in the spa and pool area. These were designed by Joan Behnke and artist Paulin Paris.

The bar, set at one end of the room, features the Art Deco-era emphasis on curves, lines and stepped edges. The front of the bar also carries the name of the imaginary liner TT Annalee.

The main room features substantial metal wall and interior design, living room, gray, black
The main room features substantial metal wall and ceiling beams, evoking the exposed structure of a large ship. The mosaic wall murals are another nod to the Roaring Twenties.

"To extend the theme, Joan introduced wrought iron doors leading to a wine room behind the bar. The chandelier and sconces also have a shipboard air."

The furniture in the bar and games room is both colorful and luxurious. Most pieces were custom made or reupholstered to achieve the chic, lively look required.

Apr 18, 2015
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