Branding Minneapolis' Best-Kept Secret
Brand Development, Print Design
Nestled in the back alleys of uptown, Minneapolis, Volstead’s Emporium goes to great lengths to offer alternative nightlife seekers an authentic speakeasy experience. The prohibition themed bar is so dedicated to its era, in fact, that it has no website, social media channels or digital presence. When coming up with the concept, the owners of Volstead’s–which is named after Minnesota politician Andrew Volstead, who played a key part in drafting and passing prohibition legislation in the 1920s–knew every element of the bar’s physical experience would be essential in establishing the brand and transporting customers into a different age.
Weaving two entirely different periods into one cohesive space, Westwerk helped create an interior design experience that paired art noveau with American art deco and elements of 1920s New York, Paris and Prague. From specially-made wallpaper with optical illusion-inducing gold overlays to custom light fixtures, we helped consult on nearly every aspect of Volstead’s decor.
From a more traditional perspective, our design team provided an original color palette, unique business cards, creative coasters, logo and menu design.