Electric Coffin Mixes up the Intoxicating East Trading Co. Bar in Seattle
When I-Miun Liu decided to transform a former Sun Liquor distillery space into a cocktail bar, he brought on local art studio Electric Coffin to shake up a refreshing blend of fantasy and reality. “The art was inspired by I-Miun’s personal story, his childhood, his parents,” says principal Duffy DeArmas. “The concept is that you are stepping into this magical, mythical family-owned storefront.”
A year later, the space is chockablock with curiosities, including custom paintings of cobras and squid, a wall installation of timeworn flyers and new posters layered as if wheat-pasted over decades, graphics growing across the top of the bar and the sides of the booths, and a shop in back stocked with unusual treats.
“He really gave us the creative freedom to explore the narrative and concept, and push all the details as far as we could,” says DeArmas. “The hardest part was knowing where to stop.” And after taking a look at the exotic libations—the Rabbit, for example, blends emerald princess tea syrup with sole gin and egg whites—thirsty might feel the same way.