Beam Club Mosaic Wall

I was asked to design a seven-meter long mosaic wall for the
newly constructed Beam club in Thailand.

Comprising a lounge and main dance floor, Beam is situated in
Bangkok’s Thonglor district and is part of 72 Courtyard, a complex
of restaurants and cafes designed by architect Amanda Levete.
The interior design concept was by William Russell of Pentagram.

The wall lies behind the bar in the lounge, a quieter area of the
club, so the owner wanted the illustration to have a dreamlike
feel about it, inviting guests to linger in the space. My immediate
reference were vintage illustrations from the 1960s, where families
gather in front of futuristic buildings, a representation of every
day life scenarios but in an imposing environment. These were the
raw materials with which to create a window into a fictional

Instead of a conventional rendering, we decided to
solve this challenge by creating a huge mosaic wall
(7 m L x 3 m H), in tune with the materials used throughout.
The artwork – which I had to “translate” into the language of
mosaics – is actually made up of hundreds of 1 x 1 cm pixels: the
black or white tiles on the wall. The technique allowed for matt and
glossy finishes, which used in combination allowed me to introduce
highlights (eg the bouncing black balls).

Photos by
Matias Sauter