The Annie Café and Bar Unveils a Complete Redesign – Architectural Digest

AD PRO: The new aesthetic is bright and coastal, a big departure from the formerly red, dark interiors. What inspired the shift?

IP: From an aesthetic point of view, it has a nod towards both Ben’s past and mine. Ben is from New York, so it references the pre-war buildings there. I started my professional life in Miami Beach, so this has a little bit of that—the Art Deco, scalloped bar, and porthole mirrors. It is a meeting of both of those worlds.

AD PRO: Let’s talk about that oval bar. Why the oval shape?

IP: We wanted a bar that you can sit and look across so you can have a see-and-be-seen thing. The shape is something fun. The curved tiles were hard to find. There is a source in Italy that makes tiles like these…I emailed them 10 times and never got a response. So, I had to use a different source. I found these at Ann Sacks.

Project Details

Name: The Annie Café & Bar

Design Team: Architect Issac Preminger and owner Ben Berg

Size: 11,000 square feet

Location: Uptown Houston

Project timeline: Four months

Biggest challenge: To find readily available materials within two months, in the quantity we needed

Strangest source: The herringbone floor is from England. We bought everything [the supplier] had and it was just enough to do the space.

Biggest-ticket item: The interior steel doors and windows

Smallest-ticket item: Original light fixtures from Grand Central Station. I got at least two or three for $850 at auction.