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    Fab Cocktail Bar in the heart of the city. location: Sumskaya 80, Kharkiv, Ukraine function: bar program: 91.75 sq.m status: realized (2016) cli… Read More
    Fab Cocktail Bar in the heart of the city. location: Sumskaya 80, Kharkiv, Ukraine function: bar program: 91.75 sq.m status: realized (2016) client: Benedict daily bar authors: Larisa Gusakova, Aleksandr Gusakov graphic design: Aleksandr Gusakov photo: Ivan Avdeenko date: January-July 2016 Our task was to create a bar where one can come every day to see the familiar faces of bartenders, friends, colleagues and other people who one has surely met on the streets of this busy and crowded city, which in fact turns out to be very small. The image of the bar is borrowed from well-known American series. It is a bar where friends hang out in the evening in a relaxed and easy-going setting. Here you can find bartenders who love what they do and visitors who come here to meet their friends and take it easy. It is a bar for the locals and for those who are not so lucky to live nearby and who come here specifically with their friends. It is an everyday bar, because every day is Friday. As we started our work on the project, we played by the rules set out by the place itself, rather than trying to reproduce a particular style. It was important for us to discover the original appearance of the place, which happened to be a basement with only one window and a low ceiling. To transform it into a place where one would like to come back was no easy task. As we tore down all the finishing, we saw what we had to deal with, which were brick walls, concrete, and metal reinforcement of partition walls. We added some dark wood, metal bars, exposed wiring and ventilation ducts, and came up with an interior that has certain elements of industrial style and an essentially male character which is in keeping with the name of the bar. The basic color is dark-gray, while certain details are highlighted with contrasting yellow. This color plays an active part not only in finishing details, furniture and décor, but also in lighting (neon, concealed lighting) and in the visual identity of the bar: the logo and the posters on the walls. We stripped the whole space of multiple layers of old finishing that had accumulated here over many years. That helped us to enlarge the area and raise the height of the ceiling a bit further. Having redesigned the kitchen and the utility rooms, we managed to gain even more space for one of the halls. The ramp at the entrance prompted a place for a table for a big company. The major role belongs to the bar counter. It has a 9.3-meter long concrete foundation and a wooden countertop with metal patches, where up to twelve guests can sit comfortably. A small room behind the bar counter helped to hide the equipment and save more space for three bartenders. The entrance serves as an open-air extension to the bar – a bench and a small bar counter make a single whole with the entrance structure. The idea was much appreciated by the visitors and passers-by. The whole structure is made of metal painted black. The door, as it befits a bar, is bright yellow which is hard to miss in the evening lights of the huge city. One of the key elements of interior design is an intricate structure of the table that we designed ourselves. It combines all four components that make up the interior: metal, wood, brick, and concrete. The base of the table is made of black metal bars that can be found throughout the place. The countertops feature the same wood used in the wall panels, shelf stands, and other furniture. The rough edges of the table tops echo the course brick walls, while the metal inserts in the table tops refer to the concrete wall behind the bar counter. The designer lamps above the counter follow the pattern of the table bases, whereas the brass patches reflect the warm light onto the countertop and the working surfaces of the bartenders. The brand identity of the “everyday bar” is further reflected in various print materials that get this message across in business cards, menu design, posters and pictures on the walls. Textured cardboard and wooden details are used in print materials so as to create pleasant tactile sensations. What we wanted to create is an image of a hospitable, rich in texture, man-like interior, whose contrasting details will linger in the memory of the visitors becoming its identifying feature. Read Less
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