The Bon Bon Bar
Wednesday 17 May 2017
The Bon Bon Bar by SPIK Studios
When Clarion Hotels assigned Spik Studios to create one of Swedens coolest cocktail bars the brief was both clear and challenging: “Create an extraordinary bar/nightclub by merging the roaring 1920’s grandeur with a contemporary party experience.” Clarion Hotel Post is situated in the heart of Gothenburg (Swedens second largest city), and is a majestic building raised in 1925 that was originally the cities proud postal office.
Dealing with one of the cities architectural crown jewels, the main challenge for Spik Studios was to find a way through a maze of regulations linked to the listed building. As CEO of SPIK Studios, Daniel Berg puts it: “We had to find a way to marry contemporary design features with prerequisites of the existing architectural structure, in order to create a unique and attractive bridge between past and present!”. SPIK Studios gave birth to The Bon Bon Bar and created a venue far from the ordinary, where one can for instance order cocktails with befitting exclusive chocolates from a personal bartender serving it all from a postal trolley brought to your table.
New flavor was brought to a strict postal office setting by using colourful contemporary materials and modern details. Most of the interior is bespoke, from the 40-meter long sofa designed specifically to create elevated areas for dancing, to the larger than life fox-model in the pink portal leading into the bar. Custom made table lamps and carpet patterns, art installations and murals were all designed to either harmonise with existing details of the listed building, or to create the contrasting effect that became the signature element of the bar.
By playfully mixing materials such as dusty pink velvet with granite floors, and classic window panes with modern VJ- projections, SPIK Studios turned The Bon Bon Bar into a clash of the century that celebrates Gothenburgs upcoming 400-year anniversary in 2021.