When will we all be sitting in beautiful bars, sipping a coffee out of a nice mug or a cocktail out of a professional mixer and on a suede-covered high chair? Soon, is the optimistic answer, everybody holds on to! Until then, we collected the most stylish bars that were honored with an iF DESIGN AWARD 2020. This is Part two of our Hospitality design specials, after part one on Hotels and Spas.
For more bar designs from other years and more inspiration in hospitality design in general, please check out our Hospitality Collection.
Bars as stylish Escapism
Pastrami Club, designed by Paco Lago Interiorismo, Málaga, Spain
The space is a nightclub that is accessed through a pastrami sandwich bar. The space marks an unprecedented new type of night club concept for Malaga. Visitors are treated to an experience in three different environments, starting with the initial shock of accessing the club through the toilet of the sandwich bar. From there, passageways lead to two different rooms.
Xin Ming Yuen, designed by Mas Studio Ltd. Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR China
Inspired by Hong Kong’s multi-culturalism, this design presents cultural diversity through its exciting use of color, pattern, pace, age, shape, and texture. The design draws from the notion of old Shanghai – Paris in the Orient as its blueprint, functioning as a type of time travel between past and present, a bridge connecting antique with modernity, liveliness with peace, east with west, domestic with exotic.
Bringing in the Wine, designed by Mojo Design Studio, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
The space relies on classic Chinese furniture and a generous use of vermilion, the signature color in China. The designers were able to source recycled and refurbished vintage Chinese-style vermilion doors, window grills, and wooden double doors for this project, which harmoniously fuse together the contemporary Western and traditional Eastern elements in the design.
Pluto Bar, designed by Trio Studio, Nanjing, China
By day, PLUTO is a bright space and the best place to get coffee in town. But come sunset, the door hidden behind the cafe's counters opens up and the space is transformed into a thriving club where young locals and foreigners flock for a taste of nightlife. The bar is designed as a circle, based on the concept of a carousel, which brings together all guests so that they can experience the bar's lively atmosphere.
On The Bar, designed by NONSPACE, Seoul, South Korea
Three professionals (barista, bartender, and chef) act as curators and greet customers in the intimate setting. The design incorporates three themes and functions: creating a bar as a place to take a break; references to Bupyeong and its former swampy landscape; and thirdly offering locals a solution and place in this area where they can come to relax.
The whole space is basically divided into two functional areas - workspace and conference room. Focusing on the idea of co-working and co-share, the workspace has private offices, co-sharing offices, and multifunctional public areas to meet all needs of individual and collaborative working environments.
The Bar as a "Social Market Space"
"The challenges in designing a bar have always been complex. A good design combines functionality with emotionality. A bar is a social market place, a stage for encounters. How much we humans need this as social beings, we can all see at the moment worldwide! A well-designed bar today and in the future must be authentic, unambiguous and "clean" in terms of materiality in production and logistics." Jutta Werner, nomad, Hamburg, Germany
There are, indeed, so many vintage styled bars all over the world. And many modern travellers have visited such a bar at least once in their lives. Scrolling through all bar designs that were honored with the iF DESIGN AWARD 2020, the eye quickly catches this gem: The Theatre Club, designed by Jun Qian of Trio Studio in Nanjing, China. It does not have the same mondane features as the other awarded projects - obviously. It makes it even more fun, given the fact that this bar is held in an all-American style, yet located in China. The designers included and mixed all sorts of trendy, retro, classic
objects to decorate the interior in this vintage style. The owner is obsessed with American
vintage culture and wanted this bar to be a gathering space for the
growing number of fans of vintage Americana. This, though often seen, is a bold bar interior, especially in the given context!
Every piece of furniture here is from the U.S., which the design team carefully staged in the space.
Through the use of myriad details, the designers converted this big, open room into a fully functional bar, making THEATRE CLUB a sought after gathering place for the local American Vintage audience.
Have an impressive bar interior design as well? Submit it to the all-new iF DESIGN AWARD 2021!