A Bar with Shapes for a Name owes its title to the yellow triangle, pink sq. and blue circle which might be emblazoned on its facade in a nod to the first colors and understated geometry generally related to the Bauhaus.
When creating the bar’s minimalist interiors, Dalston-based Cake Architecture took cues from the influential German artwork and design college that was established in 1919 and advocated for an emphasis on performance, amongst different comparable ideas.
Positioned at 232 Kingsland Street in Hoxton, the cocktail bar was renovated by the studio to function a multipurpose venue.
Cake Structure doubled the bar’s capability by including a basement, which acts as a “kitchen-bar” room, and refurbished the bottom flooring’s present seating space in addition to a classroom-style house that provides a location for rotating occasions or workshops.
“These areas have particular purposeful necessities and we chosen colors and supplies to go well with,” studio director Hugh Scott Moncrieff instructed Dezeen.
Upon getting into the bar, guests are greeted by the primary seating space or “showroom”, which was designed to be heat and alluring.
Tall tubular chairs completed with impartial rattan had been positioned round chunky geometric tables produced from birch ply stained to a wealthy, reddish-brown hue.
The group additionally used the identical timber to create the house’s curving bar, which is illuminated by a squat, cordless desk lamp by lighting model Flos.
Reverse the bar, a glowing rectilinear mild set up by photographer Steve Braiden was fitted to the wall beneath bench-style seating harking back to early Bauhaus furnishings designs.
“We regarded particularly at initiatives by the Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius,” mirrored Scott Moncrieff.
“Gropius is a grasp of this elegant zoning by means of the applying of color and kind,” he added.
Downstairs, the low-lit basement was created to accommodate further seating in addition to “the entire loopy equipment they use to organize the drinks,” the designer stated.
The basement is characterised by a bespoke central desk by Cake Structure and furnishings designer Eddie Olin.
Consisting of a metal body that “floats” over a central leg, the desk was topped with a glass floor and its base was clad in phenolic-coated plywood to match the ground and partitions.
“This new basement is predominantly a manufacturing house – so the palette displays this with hardwearing, utilitarian and industrial supplies,” stated Scott Moncrieff.
A thick, felt curtain in ultramarine provides a pop of color to the in any other case pared-back house.
With its pale blue partitions and Valchromat-topped, steel-framed tables, the ground-floor “classroom” pays homage to the Bauhaus as an academic establishment.
Brighter blue vinyl covers the flooring whereas a sculptural lamp that includes pink, yellow and blue circles echoes the bar’s brand.
A tall blackboard and overhead strip lighting add to the classroom really feel of the house, which is used for numerous group occasions.
Cake Structure labored carefully with the bar’s founders Remy Savage and Paul Lougrat when creating the interiors, which had been primarily knowledgeable by the duo’s approach of working.
“The group has a conceptually pushed ethos drawn from the speculation and observe of Bauhaus embedded in all the things they’re doing. We discovered that extremely thrilling,” defined Scott Moncrieff.
“The Bauhaus phrase ‘celebration, work, play’ was pertinent to some early concepts and this carried by means of all our design discussions,” famous the designer.
“The house permits these three issues. Individually as particular person features and concurrently as a illustration of the general ambiance of a bar!”
Cake Structure beforehand labored with inside designer Max Radford to create a curtain-wrapped speakeasy in London’s Soho. The studio additionally designed a workspace for London agency Ask Us For Ideas in the identical a part of the town.
The images is by Felix Speller.