Pump Room (Chicago, USA):
Yabu Pushelberg

pump room

A winning collaboration between designers Yabu Pushelberg and hotelier Ian Schrager, the Pump Room’s renovation in 2011 from its 1930‘s atmosphere was certainly a success. The Pump Room was the winner of the North America & Canada category in the 2012 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

Located within the new Public Hotel, the designers maintained some of the restaurant’s iconic past with the leather-covered oak banquettes from E-J Industries and vintage photos of its former patrons.


The neutral colour palette of beiges, greys and dull whites along with the dark furniture creates a vibe of a very well lit cave. The wall behind the bar is coated with gold leaf, and the bar stools are from Louis Interiors. The intimate bar tables and chairs are an eclectic mix of Artistic Frame and Artco.


The bright felt green seating was installed by E-J Industries. It is the only colour to be seen in the otherwise earthy venue. For the most part, the design is decidedly contemporary if not futuristic, due to the 500 cast-resin orbs suspended in a glowing constellation. Created by Neidhardt, the floor to ceiling centrepiece may have been ambitious, but it certainly paid off.

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