Nowadays Office has transformed a dark and gloomy cocktail parlour in the basement of a historic building located in the center of Moscow into a comfortable environment that serves perfectly as a ‘third place’ in the daytime and turns into a cozy bar in the evening. The principal transformation method was, in fact, simple: to create a cozy cocoon effect the whole space was painted in subtle and warm beige hue.
There are three rooms aligned along the passage and each of them has got its own distinctive function. The first room with a small bar and a ‘fireplace’ is perfect for holding a laidback conversation over a glass of wine. The second room accommodates the main bar counter where sophisticated drinks are served. The third one is the most spacious and takes in the greater part of the seats and a ‘stage’ so that it can be transformed into a lecture or conference hall on weekdays and a dance hall on weekend nights.
Nowadays team has also designed furniture to fit the new interior: polished plywood seats and tables with inlays made of brass, glass or soviet furniture elements were produced at a small factory ‘Macrofabrika’ located in Moscow. The cloakroom area accommodates 63 vertically assembled wooden ‘post boxes’ to store personal belongings of the clubcard holders. As for decoration, the gimmick Nowadays Office has adopted is the use of ‘non-decorative’ elements and materials: tin cans, cardboard tubes, marble scraps, old dome lamps. Still, the key interior design element is nonmaterial: its the lighting that can be adjusted to create either a daylight ambiance suitable for working or a calm and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy in the evening. The main bar counter is covered with roughly painted glass that is lit from inside to produce a unique visual effect. In the same room there is a construction composed of hollow bricks that embraces a small sitting area and softly distributes the light from the incorporated LED strip.
A piece of bar decor: marble scraps and vintage lamps assembled on the shelves behind a metal grid. Polished plywood seats and tables were produced at a small factory ‘Macrofabrika’ located in Moscow.
A construction composed of hollow bricks that embraces a small sitting area in the second room.
Brass lamps above the table are custom-made by a Moscow-based product designer.
The passage that connects the first and the second room has various lighting regimes: red.
The passage that connects the first and the second room has various lighting regimes: violet.
An old brick wall is dramatically lit by LED tubes.
A piece of bar decor: cardboard tubes with red letters and tin cans vertically assembled on vertical poles so that guests could rotate them and play “scrabble”.
Curved entry into the passage is a part of the original planning.
A ‘fireplace’, a piano and a waiter station aligned along the wall in the first room.
The first room hosts a small bar counter where simple drinks, wine and beer is served.
The first room has vaulted ceiling due to the fact that the bar is located in a historic building.
Furniture upholstery fabric was chosen to match the wall colour.
Some tables have glass or brass inlays in the tabletop.
A piece of bar decor: vintage dome lamps aligned along the back of the seat and backlit by the incorporated LED stripe.
The cloakroom area accommodates 63 vertically assembled wooden ‘post boxes’ to store personal belongings of the clubcard holders.