The space is situated at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Tower Bridge, and aims to be “very flexible”, acting as a casual coffee bar in the day and a more “sleek” lounge bar in the evenings, according to AfroditiKrassa.
This flexibility is achieved through features such as a large metal mesh drapery curtain, which is used alongside a central “catwalk” area that links the three levels of the bar to one another.
The overall effect is intended to be one of “direction”, according to the consultancy, aided with lighting pendants which AfroditiKrassa studio says “rhythmically dress the ceiling and guide customers through the space.”
It adds: “The combination of bespoke modular loose furniture ensures maximum flexibility for both groups and more intimate private settings.”
The overall concept of “duality” was chosen in reference to the area surrounding the bar, where Tower Bridge and the Tower of London share the skyline with modern buildings like The Shard. The space was also inspired by nearby-Bermondsey’s past as a leather, hide and wool exchange.
To convey duality, the consultancy chose materials to deliberately contrast with one another, including quilted tan leather and deep purple suede used alongside concrete, copper, brass and walnut timber.
“AfroditiKrassa plays on contemporary and traditional references”, says a spokeswoman for the consultancy.
“The interior is a combination of a sexy lounge with an urban edge to the materials and details. The diamond pattern creates a wall panelling, subtly backlit.”