Torzo Gets Its Bell Rung


TorZo Parda panels in Sapphire can be found in the funky new bar, Nightbell, in Asheville, NC, courtesy of the Heirloom Hospitality Group.  Nightbell has a beautiful interior that is modern and playful and its name harkens back to the prohibition era.  “Nightbell” came from a time when customers would ring a bell for after hour alcohol service.  Nightbell’s main bar was designed using TorZo Parda panels -  made from the fast growing wheat plant.  While the name implies an earthy tone,  designer Liz Button choose to use Parda in Sapphire, one of the 4 specialty colors offered by TorZo.  Nightbell owners love that their guests don’t immediately know what the bar is made of and always inquire about this unique material.   Liz says that they chose TorZo Parda because of the interesting pattern and bright color, and that the sustainability of the product wasn’t just an afterthought.  Nightbell is 3 Star Green Restaurant certified, which looks at sustainability in 7 different categories including Water Efficiency, Sustainable Furnishing and Building Materials, and Sustainable Food.  Nightbell also just received an award from the Buncombe County Historic Preservation Society for “Adaptive Reuse” and received Federal and State Historic Tax credits for the building renovation.  We can’t wait to visit Nightbell to see, touch, and even taste all of their sustainable features!