Lori Bongiorno

by Lori Bongiorno

Principal, Director - Commercial Studio

New Style Mo Joe Lounge Set to Open Later This Month

  • MAY 11, 2011
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Construction is set to be completed later this month on a new Mo Joe Lounge at the Lazarus Building in downtown Columbus.  M+A's designers worked tirelessly to create a new sophisticated design that takes their space from a coffee shop and lunch hang-out by day, to a hip bar and lounge at night.  This was achieved by using clean finishes and detailing coupled with dramatic lighting.  The space presented a big challenge with 20-foot high ceilings and 17-foot high windows.  Our team solved this with fabric swirls (like cappuccino swirls) that bring the height down, creating a more intimate space.  These swirls become the light fixtures, catching white light by day and amber light in the evening.  This creative solution was also very economical - we used inexpensive track lighting painted to match the ceiling so that it fades away, plus amber jell light fixtures for night.

Functionally, this is the first Cup O'Joe restaurant that integrates the coffee and bar/lounge concepts into one cohesive space.  They are very separate spaces at their other locations. Our plan achieves integration and allows the space to feel as one concept, while allowing the owner to be more efficient operationally.

We are very excited to see this project realized and can't wait to sit in the space and enjoy a cappuccino and some of their excellent cuisine!

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Lori Bongiorno

by Lori Bongiorno

Principal, Director - Commercial Studio

Lori’s mixed use career at M+A started in 1997 with Easton Town Center and has grown expansively ever since. Creating dynamic, sustainable, active neighborhoods is what Lori does best. But, when she's not working on projects, she loves cooking and hanging out with her daughters.