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Tennessee Performing Arts Center

When asked to design a plan for the lobby of the Johnson Theatre at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, some of the words used to describe the look they wanted were: elegant, sleek and timeless. A design board was created and presented to the chief operating officer, along with a list of all specifications. The plan was then given to the director of operations for implementation.

The main carpet was to remain in the space, but the border was able to be replaced. The paint colors set the tone for the space, while the element of red crushed velvet fabric – reminiscent of the large, theater stage curtains that have existed for many years – brought in a classic, timeless touch. A mini “marquee” over the beverage serving area also brought in another timeless element with it’s bright circular bulbs overhead.


In a space with no windows, a large mural of Nashville’s city skyline provides the illusion of a beautiful outside view. It also brings color, life, and the glamour and excitement of downtown’s nightlife, which TPAC’s patrons are there to enjoy.

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