Sophie’s Artist Lounge

Following the Kranzberg Arts Foundation mission to promote the arts community in St. Louis, the lounge provides a place for emerging and underrepresented mural and street artists to gain exposure and share their voice in the gallery, music venue and spoken word events. New artists are fostered through a residency program where the artist curates the gallery space and develops a body of new work in the adjacent artist studio. Most of the artwork is temporary, except for a large mural by Katherine Bernhardt, the chandelier above the bar, and a series of cocktail tables designed and fabricated by OSA, which were then painted by artist collaboratives. The skateboard deck tables and spray paint can table were painted by Screwed Arts Collaborative, who also painted the exterior sign. Painted Black STL painted the tables fabricated from beer kegs.

Client Kranzberg Arts Foundation
Architect & Interior Design / Design team Open Source Architecture
Associate Designer Creative Exchange Lab
General Contractor Lockwood Construction and Development
Chandelier Digital Fabrication Gravois Planing and Milling
Exterior Signage Engraphix
Artists Katherine Bernhardt, Screwed Arts Collaborative, Painted Black STL
Size 2,350 s.f./ 218 m2 (bar), 500 s.f./ 46 m2 (artist studio)
Schedule Design 2020 / Construction 2021