HOSPITALITY: RESTAURANT + BAR
Interior Design / Branding / Lighting / Signage /
Fabrication / Installation
Photo Credit: Eric Kleinberg
When Chicago veteran restauranteurs Billy Lawless Jr. and Ryan O’Donnell approached 555 to design their first joint venture, Coda Di Volpe, they described a restaurant that would be the highlight of the Lakeview neighborhood with a strong cocktail program for the perfect start to a great date night and a seasonal menu that would draw locals. They aimed to marry the look and quality of downtown with the feel of genuine neighborhood service.
Our team immediately envisioned a space driven by the modern Italian design of the 1950s and 60s – clean lines, fashionable, sexy details in brass and black bronze, and warm wood tones throughout. The plan of the space evolved through many iterations to maximize seating while ensuring guest comfort with no bad seats in the house.
Most of the interior buildout is custom, from the spun brass sconces adorning the rich blue-green wall panels throughout the dining room to the custom-dyed leather at the banquette seating below. Large U-booths through the center of the space with high backs that taper to meet their low arms are framed by walnut millwork and black-bronze columns seamed in brass. The bar was designed as the focal point, with a deep Carrera marble top, internally illuminated floating walnut shelves trimmed in brass, and large recessed bronze mirrors flanking either side.
Chairs were sourced from Andreu World and Designform Furnishings with upholstery from Carnegie, Concertex, and Jamie Stern. An antique Italian writing desk sourced as a host stand and a 1950s brass chandelier over the king’s table are perfect compliments to complete the authenticity of the design.