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).