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2 Mar ’13

As Aperitivo bar By Nika Zupanc | Restaurant Design

A designer who hasn't been in the spotlight for her interior works because this is her first is non other than Nika Zupanc who is well known for her product designs never the less for top brands such as Moroso and Moooi. I found out about her work back in 2010 when I posted about her feminine range of furniture.
The first think that attracted me in this project was the beautiful chair, I know it's not a new design but something about it reminds me of the elegance of the Harry Bertoia chair but with a more updated twist to the legs since it was designed in 2010 by Jaime Hayon for Magis. The cherry pendants were designed by Nika herself in 2009. The other details however, such as the sinks, were custom made for this project.
I am not usually a fan of strong colors such as black and red together, but here they work magically together. The rippling feminine details of the furniture are mellowed down by the strong black and red. This project is just beautiful.
Enjoy the photos and details below.
From the designer:
The internal open space and the client’s contextual indications were signed by the designer Nika Zupanc through her internationally renowned designer manuscript. The garden motif with the treetop coming down into the room was accentuated with three cherry branches, iconic lights, which were interpreted especially for this room, thus enhancing the tension between the interior and exterior. As a result, a kind of non-room was created, an open-closed garden with several small environments and details, crafted as verses which are left for each individual to interpret. The flowing poetical space of clean and archetypal solutions is enhanced with copper accents. Besides the cherries (La femme et la maison by Nika Zupanc, 2009), 5 o’clock tables (Moooi 2009), the legendary pendant lights by Alvar Aalto (Golden Bell, Artek, 1939), Pina chairs designed for Magis by the Spanish Jamie Hayon (2010) and armchairs designed for Maxalto by Antonio Citterio (2008), all other elements in this spatial tale were designed especially for our premises.

The family of furniture with plissé details, developed especially for As Aperitivo bar in Ljubljana, was inspired by iconic furniture and serving tables, found in mass tourists hotels in 60s and 70s on the Mediterranean Riviera. The bath sinks were designed in addition to the mini-bar tables, which are are one of the accents of the interior. The bath sink, named Bassin Plisse is made out of artificial stone, named Kerrock, the legs and under construction are made out of 200 year old oak wood. This Oak wood is coming from Vojvodina, from the old family house of the owners of AS Aperitivo and it was in the initial brief to use this wood as a detail throughout the whole interior and in all the products, designed for it. By using a fabric plisse, the basin can get a more feminine touch, but at the same time this kilt can act as a curtain, hiding the bathroom accessories underneath the basin.

This half open space with a very old tree in the middle was also a main inspiration to create a modular seating system of Picnic sofas, which would offer a great comfort, but would also posses the ascetic look of a garden bench at the same time. Execution of the Picnic sofa is designed as a collection of one-seater, two-seater or three-seater, with an option to be extended in infinitive




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