We sat down with our creative director, Jeremiah, to talk about the commercial design…
Q: Kibler & Kirch seems to be doing a lot of commercial work these days. Is that new?
A: Throughout the history of Kibler & Kirch we have always done some commercial work, but it definitely has become more of a focus as people have asked us to help them with to take a commercial environment and give it some extra layers of thoughtfulness. It’s something that we are seeing more and more. People want to have work–and play–spaces that are every bit as comfortable as home.
Q: You just finished the remodel of The Petroleum Club. Tell us more about that project.
The Petroleum Club is a great example of a home away from home. We renovated 8700 square feet of space. We took the best of the architectural elements that existed and used a lot of black and white. We moved the bar to the North to maximize the views. We opened it up to accommodate parties of 300 plus while still keeping quaint areas that house small groups. We are particularly proud of the library, which is a beautiful conversation area surrounding a fireplace. We addressed every surface, used fabulous mosaic tile, beautiful brass lighting and touches throughout the space. It’s both a beautiful place for a wedding or convention as well as a gourmet dinner or cocktails after work. It’s both fresh and hip but completely timeless. You can’t tell when it was created. We tried to by sympathetic to the sense of history and tradition that came with the Petroleum Club.
Q: What other commercial projects have you been working on?
Joy of Living, Big Dipper, JP Kitchen, Carbon County Steakhouse. We are getting ready to do a bakery and Red Lodge Pizza Company. Our own studio is a perfect example of the kind of commercial work we can do. We really encourage people to come and see what can be done in a commercial space.
Q: How does your residential and commercial work vary?
We have formulas and ways of working that we use to make homes comfortable and those carry over but the commercial world allows us to flex a little different area of the brain and our creativity in new ways every time. We get to use different materials and sources. There are new ways to think about what an inviting space means. What’s fun about commercial is you get to share that with so many more people.
Any place can feel like home. A lot of commercial projects are designed by interior designers who work for architecture firms who don’t have the resources that we do who aren’t practiced in making an interior comfortable. It’s a completely different skill set. We think of a person’s experience in that place first.