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I think decor in older buildings looks best when it embraces a space’s natural flow and original details. Emphasizing, instead of trying to camouflage or cover up (ie: drywalling exposed brick or replacing antique fixtures), what’s historically unique is almost an homage to the past. It’s got a certain authentic character that you cannot replicate with newer materials.
I may or may not be apart of a secret project that involves disappearing into the click-hole of Pinterest decor inspiration. And during this process, I’ve discovered three beautiful bars that I HAD to share with you. Their style is a wildly varied take on the same vibe: industrial vintage.
Aut Vincere Aut Mori Restaurant
There’s something about the bold contrast between the glamour of leather accents and the stark industrial details here. And it feels incredibly open, due to the sky-high ceilings and wall of windows. Even the imperfections in the bar lend to the space’s atmosphere.
Because of this bar’s Asian-influenced menu, the design team said they wanted to evoke “a back alley in Chinatown” feel (authentic, not sketchy) and avoid the kitschy, themed approach. And they did this while still keeping with the brief, which was “to create a warm and friendly New York style loft bar” (article on deezee.com). The space was intimate, so they worked with a “pared-back approach to the design” with exposed brick, a reclaimed timber bar, concrete floors, and copper accents.
Blatt Beer & Table
Vibe here is a little old school and a unique combination of a gastropub + a sports bar, so obviously they had to embrace the exposed brick. The worn metal facing of the bar really pulls everything together. Also really neat: the minimalist Edison-style light fixtures and the throwback photographs on the walls.
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Know of another cool industrial vintage space I need to add to my “bar inspo” Pinterest board? Link below! Comment your fave space, I’d love to see the vibe you’re into.