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Golden Aura hidden in Warsaw

Nav Pal
07 Oct 2019

A new cocktail bar in Warsaw inspired by weather and gold.

The newly opened Warsaw Aura bar serves bourbon-based drinks and cocktails and original lemonades of its own production as well as hemp drinks and infusions. Aura, it means weather, but this Latin word is close to another: aurum, or gold, which corresponds to the color of the drink. The task of the designer was to create a place where such cocktails would find the right background: classic, yet contemporary, suitable for an intimate meeting and sophisticated tasting. In order to create the right mood, the designers contrasted modern technology (resin floors, chlorinated rubber paints) with a classic high-quality finish (brass, old carpets), warm ocher of the floors and walls, with the cobalt blue interior hidden behind the wall of oriental carpets - purely scenographic momentum with very functionalist approach. The latter was necessary because of the small space of the corner premises located in the nineteenth-century tenement house of Jochwet Taubenhaus at ul. Hoza 27 in Warsaw, where a bar was opened.

To make the most of this small space, designer Kacper Gronkiewicz designed a system of holes in the floor enabling many functional arrangements of the three tables. Each of them can be in any configuration with the others, mounted, depending on the needs, at two different heights. This allows both sitting on navy blue plush seats in window niches, as well as on classic Luna stools by the duo Amos Marchant and Lyndon Anderson for the Spanish company Allermuir from 1995, or found in the liquidated bar near vinyl aluminum stools. Unused in a given arrangement, covered with brass sheet tops, they are hung on the walls as their decoration. This is one of the tricks to improve the functioning of the interior. In addition to this, rugs were removed from the floor and onto the wall in order to hide the back-up storage function and this trick seemed to be the most suitable.

Bourbon-based cocktails are served at a brass-lined and stone-scaled bar, which, like a golden-scaled shelf displaying over a hundred varieties of this alcohol, slides out from behind the carpet curtain. The wall, covered with oriental carpets, resembles a palace cloister of a Persian palace thanks to its arcaded openings. Scraps of the finishing mirror embedded in the cobalt door frame give the impression of a dreamy, parallel reality behind them, in which golden bourbon is pouring rapidly, and cheerful guests indulge in unearthly and sensual pleasure. In turn, the cool and mysterious interior of the arcades, hides a bathroom, maintained in a different, minimalist spirit, in which the silver round mirror refers to the golden table top in the bar area, and the ultramarine walls contrast with the warm ocher of the main interior of the bar. Both are like a game of opposites and are to complement each other like day and night.

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