A sequence of mirrored panels obscure the cocktail bar that lies inside this shop-cum-cafe in Chengdu, China created by design studio Workplace AIO.
The store, which is unusually known as O, was named by its proprietor and the co-founder of Workplace AIO, Tim Kwan.
Taking the primary letter from the phrase “object”, Kwan and the store proprietor felt that O was the “good form representing eternity – it has no starting nor finish, no course nor a proper method spherical”.
The looping form of the letter O additionally nods to the shifting operate of the 68-square-metre store: by day it is a cafe that sells and showcases a curated collection of life-style gadgets and designer furnishings, whereas at evening it turns right into a bar.
Down one aspect of the store runs a prolonged sandstone counter the place the cafe’s espresso machine is stored. Simply in entrance is an extended picket desk the place the barista can put together drink orders.
The bottom of the counter has been in-built with a fire, which will be switched on as evening falls to evoke a cosier temper inside the retailer.
On the opposite aspect of the shop is a silver-metal shelf the place merchandise are displayed and a row of fold-down seats upholstered in tan leather-based.
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The rear of the shop seems to be lined with mirrored panels, however these will be drawn again to disclose the night-time drinks bar. Liquor bottles line the internal aspect of the panels.
Surfaces all through the remainder of store O have in any other case been stored easy. A patchy band of uncovered concrete runs across the decrease half of the partitions, however off-white paint has been utilized to the higher half.
Curiosity is added by a handful of potted vegetation and a sequence of arched screens which were suspended simply beneath the ceiling.
The final display has been fitted with an LED strip gentle that may be adjusted to imbue the area with completely different colors.
“[The screens] convey a way of character to the shop with out occupying any footprint,” defined the studio.
“We hope that this area will encourage high quality concepts, objects, and other people to work together and alternate, and in the end attain a healthful expertise that’s objectively fascinating,” it concluded.
O by Workplace AIO is longlisted within the small retail inside class of this yr’s Dezeen Awards.
It is not the primary day-to-night venue that the studio has created – two years in the past it accomplished Bar Lotus in Shanghai, which boasts emerald-coloured partitions and rippling rose-gold ceilings. The challenge gained the restaurant and bar inside class of the 2019 Dezeen Awards, when judges counseled its combine of latest and conventional references.
Pictures is courtesy of WEN Studio.
Designed by: Tim Kwan/Workplace AIO
Building: Sichuan ChuFeng Architectural Ornament