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Rodeo Connection – Beijing’s First Western Bar

Completed in December 2018, this modern saloon in Beijing, China is situated on the 26th floor of a rippling tower designed by Giorgio Armani’s Armani/Casa.  Rodeo Connection features sweeping city views, a bucking mechanical bull made from an authentic American cattle hide, a retail space selling unique American-made items, and antique accessories that bring the historical American West culture to life.

The story of how this space came together includes a collaboration between Portland, OR based team, Allison Smith Design, and Beijing based developer, Andy Fan.  Beyond the design of the space itself, Allison was also responsible for designing custom furniture and procuring authentic Western accessories from the United States.

Allison Smith was selected for this project due to the success of the Jackson Hole, China resort community that she designed in 2007.  More on this by Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and China’s Top Design Magazine. When asked to design an American Western-themed restaurant/bar, it was an easy decision for Allison.  Traveling back to Beijing for a new project felt nostalgic and fresh all at once.

The bones of this building create a perimeter that is all curves clad in glass.  The biggest challenge was creating defined spaces that both incorporate the curves and create a backdrop for the Western theme.

Allison knew she needed to find the perfect accessories to make Rodeo Connection feel like a bona fide cowboy experience. In exploring the numerous antique shops of Oregon, she collected Charles Russell & Frederic Remington replications, classic cowboy apparel, and taxidermy representative of Western-American wildlife.

As part of the high-end, luxurious building designed by Giorgio Armani, Rodeo Connection offers patrons a place to have a unique experience of the Wild West of America in an opulent environment.  Serving decadent American-inspired cuisine and craft beer, Rodeo Connection is the first of its kind in China with plans to expand to other large cities within the country.

 

More photos of this exciting space can be found in our Gallery. Let us know what you think!

~ASD Team

STOP BUYING BAD SOFAS/SECTIONALS RIGHT NOW

How many of us have fallen into the trap of purchasing a bad sofa?  We’ve been there and we know how much it negatively effects the functionality of your home.  Where do you want to crash after a long day? What furniture does your family use the most?  See what we’re getting at here? Your family sofa should be treated with as much care as people use with picking out a new mattress. Read on to learn why investing in a custom, trade sofa is the best option for your home, family, and wallet!

Air BnB furnished by Allison Smith Design–Made to withstand the many occupants this home will see.

Okay, so maybe you know that your current sofa situation isn’t ideal but you haven’t found the “perfect” one. Here’s where we come in. Spend less time searching for the perfect sofa, let us curate one for you!  Not only do you get to choose from many sofa styles, you also get to choose from a plethora of different grades of fabric, leather and furniture finishes.

The vendors we use have a very specific fabrication method to ensure a long-lasting, high-quality product.  Whether you have energetic children that take their energy out on the furniture or pets you can’t keep OFF the furniture… have no fear—This furniture ENDURES.

Leather samples from the Allison Smith Design sample library.

The fabrication method we prefer to specify is called an 8-way hand tied coil spring suspension system.  What the heck is that?  High-grade twine is hand-tied in 8 different directions across the entire base area of the sofa.  Aside from the costs of high-quality materials, this fabrication method is what makes these sofas an investment.  The combination of hand-craft and high-quality materials produces a piece of furniture that perfectly distributes weight—creating hardly any stress on the frame.  Voila!  A piece of furniture that stands the test of time.

How does this compare to competitors?  Many competitors tend to use a webbing method of manufacturing and while this does, in fact, make a piece of furniture more affordable, webbing will sag quicker and will not stand up to heavy use by family, pets, etc.  When you understand this concept, it’s hard to pay for the same low-quality piece of furniture over and over.  Try investing in the right sofa and it will pay for itself in the long run.

We often specify trade leather sofa/sectionals for our commercial projects. (Gateway Apartments)

Other features we love about trade sofas:  Cushion quality and thoughtful material finishes.  Cushion engineering can be JUST AS IMPORTANT as a good sofa structure.  Again, many competitors just use a standard foam cushion and call it a day.  This is fine if you’re looking to have to replace cushions periodically—Just another lesson in ‘you get what you pay for.’

What do we mean by material finish?  Some of the vendors we work with offer a “Crypton” option—meaning that the beautiful and expensive fabric we encourage you to invest in becomes essentially bullet proof to crazy stains.  That’s right, everyone, enjoy your glass of red wine on your beautiful sofa without fear.

We hope we’ve been able to shed some light on why sofas from trade resources are superior to what’s coming from the chain/big-box houses.  Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions! If you’re ready to make the smart investment for your home, we’re ready to assist you!

-ASD Team

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