Let me start by saying that London was three days of purely intensed discoveries. Every time a group of friends and I walk into an interior, we begin to strip it bit by bit. I’ve come to learn a lot about materials, furniture and lighting, which exactly what I needed.
We started off with a pub that is owned by a theatre adding some high standards to it:
The Young Vic:
Do keep in mind that this theatrical bar was a slaughter house (thanks for the info, Digger). You can pin point some of hints here and there. Brick wall, concrete floor, high ceilings, oddly, I can imagine it as a slaughter house.
I cannot say I did not enjoy the ambiance of the pub. The lighting was spectacular.
They acted just as a guide would, showing off the best parts of the pub. Especially the wall seen on the picture above. If there is anything I absolutely admire, it is a wall coming to life. It certainly adds a sense of originality into the pub. Transitional furniture is what they went for, which blends in perfectly with the theme colors of the pub. (light brown, red, grey, dark brown)
However, what doesn’t impress me much is that I do feel like I’ve seen it before. As a foreigner, I can certainly say that United Kingdom in general shares this taste in most of its pubs. I’ve visited Kent, Edinburgh, London and live in Glasgow. Most of the pubs I’ve been to in all four cities/towns, this organic atmosphere does seem to pop up almost everywhere. Although this can be an advantage and feel the entire country seem connected, in a sense…it would stop to surprise me or impress me when it comes to visiting a pub similar to Young Vic.
(Images above taken from www.architecture.com )
Onwards to Citizen M:
I absolutely adore the brick-looking structure on the wall, I did examine it further and asked around, the material I believe (and guess) is plastic, its not concrete because it wasn’t hard enough. Regardless of what it is, i love it. Truly.
The staircase above I believe is their signature staircase, it is found in almost all the branches (Longon, Glasgow and Amsterdam)
This brilliant design hotel won countless awards as anew aspiring hotel. As a designer, I enjoy when there are three or two primary colors that are used instead of hundreds. The more the colors the less the interest (in my case). Fortunately, Citizen M did support my bold idea.
And finally, the cherry on top:
The keynote about this room is the mirror. Above most of the cafes and restaurants I’ve been to, all the ones that placed a mirror on the wall, this has been the best and easiest to admire. Its not just a simple angle-change, it is the whole process, the thought of it. Imagine the room above with a simple, ordinary, mirror planted on the wall. It wouldn’t be the same, I can garauntee it, even with all the fancy furinture in the world. it would never be the same. smart, creative and very innovative.