The Interiors at Tin Tin are As Inspired as Its Dishes

By Elizabeth Harper | June 11, 2019 |

There’s more than a superb wine list and crudités at West Midtown’s Tin Tin.

Tin Tin chef Nick Leahy tapped ai3 for the wine bar’s Provençal-leaning interiors. To accomplish Leahy’s vision, Lucy Aiken-Johnson and the ai3 team incorporated “lighter wood finishes and Provençal coastal colors in bold patterns and textures, creating an eclectic, whimsical atmosphere,” she says. Favorites include the patterned Lili cement tiles from Alpharetta-based Ceramic Technics, the ash butcher-block bar top from local Hospitality Woodworks, the diamond “Tin Tin” tile work behind the bar from Fireclay Tile, the banquet pillows in Fabricut’s Campfire colorway, plus the featured products seen at right.

Who says you can’t sip in style? With design-forward drinking spots cropping up across Atlanta (we see you Likewise, The James Room and INK), West Midtown’s new wine bar, Tin Tin, joins the fold, proving stylish interiors are no longer relegated to residential. The team at Tin Tin, who also oversees sister restaurant and neighbor AIX, tapped ai3, a design firm that had previously collaborated with chef Nick Leahy, to take the space beyond l’apéro. The central theme from plate to palette? Provençal—from the name (Leahy’s French aunt was nicknamed Tin Tin) to the small plates (French, duh) to the drinks (predominately français). As Lucy Aiken-Johnson, a firm partner, rattles off the design high notes, it’s obvious ai3 captured the Provençal experience: The patio “is reminiscent of old Provençal-style streets”; the courtyard fireplace draws on “French-style cooking over an open flame”; the planters have “fresh herbs and lemon trees similar to those [from] Nick’s childhood”; and the bar, with its clever “Tin Tin” tile work, displays open bottles, “evoking a casual, comfortable vibe.” The goal, she adds, “was to transport Atlantans to Provence, encouraging guests to be guided by the Provençal expression ‘a ce moment,’ or ‘in this moment’—a reflection on savoring moments that connect us to a time, place and people through the simple pleasure of eating and drinking.” And to that, we raise our glass. 956 Brady Ave., @tintinatl; @ai3inc


Photography by: Photos courtesy of: andrew thomas lee