We’re way past tricking ourselves that a dinner out or an evening at a cocktail bar is all about the food and drink. These things matter, but the ambience is of equal importance.
At Living Concrete, our concrete lamps and concrete panels have contributed to some beautiful designs. But we particularly love seeing concrete bars and restaurants; there’s just something about it that works so perfectly with industrial chic decor seen so much in contemporary dining spaces.
To offer some inspiration, we’ve selected our top five favourite bar designs that make innovative use of concrete in one way or another. From concrete worktops to concrete chairs and lighting, these global locations each have something unique to offer.
Nazdrowje was located just outside of Stockholm in Sweden. It was designed by Rickard Lindvall and incorporated the aesthetic of the old East European factories using concrete and copper to great effect.
The destination was created as a high end Polish restaurant, but it has since been turned into a reportedly tacky sports bar. However, the original design turned heads in the bar and restaurant interior design world and it’s a stunning look we feel is well worth sharing.
Closer to home is Bar Bandol in Kensington, London. Another one to blend concrete and copper, the juxtaposition of the warmth and industrial chic of these two beautiful materials appeals to designers (and patrons) around the world.
Bar Bandol serves food inspired by the colours and flavours of the South of France. There’s a big focus on simple and fresh ingredients.
On an altogether more relaxed note, is Nordburger on The Parade in Norwood, Adelaide, Australia. This mini chain of burger bars wanted to create a diner that didn’t look like a typical diner. The team from Genesin Studio and Peter Jay Deering chose industrial materials, wood, tiles and yes, concrete, to create the look.
We particularly love the concrete bar stools with the statement blocks of concrete holding them in place. The huge concrete sink in the restaurant itself also makes an impression. It invites diners to get stuck into their meal safe in the knowledge that they can freshen up.
The Good Life Eatery, London
Back to the UK now and Sloane Square branch of The Good Life Eatery, London. Coupdeville Architects are responsible for the warm and welcoming look and feel of this coffee shop and juice bar.
Concrete makes a notable appearance on the floor. Indeed, its hardwearing nature is put to good use in the high traffic walk-in coffee shop and blends well with the natural materials elsewhere.
Winery Tasting, Napa
Now for something completely different: A winery in Napa, California. There is an ‘other worldly’ atmosphere to the environment in which the world’s best wines are sampled.
Tasting these wines is not just about a relaxing drink on a Friday night. It’s about identifying which blend or year has the potential to become one of the most sought-after wines in the world.
Wine tasting like this requires an environment that lends itself to the sense of occasion and the team at Uxus Design created something suitably solemn with the use of concrete worktops, shelving and low level lighting for Merus Wines.
If you’re thinking about refitting your bar or perhaps taking on a completely new restaurant or bar project, why not head down to The Restaurant and Bar Design Show this week?
Tickets are free and are available here. Come and say hello to the Living Concrete team over at stand 4191, we’d love to hear more about your project design ideas.