Forget the sleazy and unsettling glamour of Twin Peak’s Red Room, we’ve got a new favourite red space that more than matches it for chevon stripes and miles of drapes. It’s the interior of the recently completed Bon Bon Bar, situated in the Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg, Sweden. The hotel and the Bon Bon Bar are both in the old post-office, or Posthuset, originally designed by architect Ernst Torulf (1872-1936) and completed in May 1925. Listed in 1995, the building’s transformation into a luxury hotel was completed by Semrén & Månsson in 2012, with the bar’s interior created by local company SPIK Studios.
Snaking through the bar’s heart is a 40 metre sofa in pink velvet and oxblood red leather, underlit with an acid yellow strip of lighting. The red continues over the walls and floor in a cross-cross print that disorientates your eye, creating an intimate yet dynamic space. The fox sculpture which greets you at the entrance is the perfect introduction to the decadence within…
Further investigation into the design team behind the bar brought to our attention some of their other projects, and they are just as desirable, with plenty of ideas to steal. For example their concept for the restaurant Yomo is packed with ideas that, although bold and quirky, could easily transfer onto a domestic interior. Scalloped tiles on the front of the bar would be equally dynamic on a kitchen island. The clusters of paper parasols that decorate the ceiling would make a wonderful feature in a cloakroom or dressing room. Ferns growing in pretty vintage birdcages would look wonderful in a conservatory. The cherry trees growing up through the tables? Maybe ask your interior designer….
We also loved their scheme for the Suite Belle in the Hotel Pigalle, also completed this year. With rich-coloured velvet upholstery, glossy black furniture and outrageously busy floral wallpaper the room just screams fin de siècle glamour. We’ve been taking style notes on the layering of fabrics, the over-the-top use of pink, red and purple together, and the traditional French wallpapering style of papering every spare surface. The real style note to steal however? The velvet love seat tucked seductively into a wall of display shelving. Perfect for an illicit liaison.
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