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Estudio Nômada’s Box 1 Pop-up Bar in Farmiloe Building, Clerkenwell, London, England
September 18th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Estudio Nômada
Jose Antonio Vázquez and Enrique de Santiago of Spanish-based designers Estudio Nômada adopted an architectonic approach to the design of Box 1, one of five pop-up bars at this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards ceremony.
The awards ceremony took place at London’s Farmiloe Building on 12 September. Estudio Nômada was a previous winner of the awards, having scooped the Best Designed Restaurant in the World award in 2012 for A Cantina in Galicia.
Their design for Box 1 is a minimalist pavilion with slatted walls and a bar and supporting columns covered with M.C. Escher-like leather cutouts, all lit by two specially designed pendant lights made from LED light sheet panels.
In order to define the space within the larger context of London’s Farmiloe Building, we designed a permeable exterior that defines the enclosure to create a spatial sensation but without losing reference to the original context of the intervention,” Enrique de Santiago explained.
The geometry of Estudio Nômada’s design was based on a diagonal line that crosses the pavilion in order to create an amplitude effect in the relatively small space and to provide good circulation inside.
We used Dendrolight Panels to build the peripheral layer in a lattice system, with junctions in the panels’ edges painted white. This lets the essence of the material flourish,” said Enrique de Santiago.
This material, which is produced in Latvia and provided by Lathams Ltd., is a very interesting and innovative wood product. It has extraordinary physical features, granting extra lightness and increase stability to natural solid wood, and it’s environmentally friendly, since it comes from responsibly managed forests.
By giving most importance to the edge of the panel and showing the middle layer of the material as its principal feature, we wanted to highlight its key features.
The bar and columns inside the pavilion are covered in four different shades of white leather that was supplied by Whistler, and masterly manufactured by Harcourt.
For the covering of the bar, we took inspiration in Romanesque décor motifs and geometrical traditional woodcarving from our region and developed a pattern from which the result is 60º isometric tiles that we combined in a dynamic geometrical way. The surface of the leather tiles is not flat, but with a slight slope to make it more three-dimensional, like a woodcarving.
Finally, the last material we used was LED light sheet panel. With it, we designed a pendant light built by Applelec, trying to find a use of the product in a way never before seen. We wanted to show the thinness of the material in complete nudity, and thought of a system based on a 60º grid. We designed two suspended lamps with two diameters: 150 and 90mm, from which is displayed
We tried to take all materials out their natural context and give them a twist. We have bravely experimented with each material and give them a different use to innovate and suggest new possibilities for them, which could be also interesting for the suppliers.
About Estudio Nômada
Estudio Nômada is based in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain. Their projects have included the Dominio do Bibai Winery and the Delfin 1953 Store in Ourense, as well as numerous houses across Spain.
About the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, now in its fifth year, is one of the most innovative and prestigious events in the hospitality and design world. Judged by the influential personalities in the world of design, hospitality and lifestyle; the Awards this year attracted 670 projects from across the world. A TASCHEN book marking five years of the Awards will be published in October.
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