In stark contrast to the hotel it is in, the Apero Bar & Restaurant was decorated with industrial finishes like cast aluminium wall lamps and reclaimed timber tables. The Ampersand Hotel on the other hand is a decadent, luxurious hotel on Harrington Road in the heart of London. Dexter Moren and Associates, the firm that redesigned the Apero Bar & Restaurant, created flexible zones throughout the space where people could have communal breakfasts or private dining.
In the middle of bustling Manhattan, is the city’s first ski-themed bar, Hudson Bar. The 1,500 square foot bar, located in Hudson Hotel’s private park, and decorated to transport guests into a winter oasis with animal hide rugs, wooden skis and sleds.
The menu is also ski-inspired, featuring a Hot Chocolate Bar with toppings like crushed candy canes, chocolate pretzel dust, burnt marshmallow and gooey cookie dough. There are beverages created by Steve Olson such as hot buttered rum and Aztec hot chocolate.
This wine and champagne bar called Mistral in Sao Paolo boasts “the best and most complete catalogue of wines in the country.” It is the new home of a wine company that is very popular with the locals, a reputation built over many years.
The raw space was long and narrow which Studio Arthur Casas used to great effect. Constructing a long narrow hallway with the wines displayed so shoppers can browse and purchase very easily.
In Barking, Essex there is a little piece of heaven waiting for those that can find it. The Barking Bathhouse is an experimental spa commissioned by the Arts Agency CREATE and designed & produced by Something & Son to bring everyday luxury to the Barking Town Centre for 8 weeks this summer.
Not only does the Barking Bathhouse offer a range of spa treatments, but they also have artist tours and comedy nights, a truly holistic approach to spas and well-being.
*Spa treatments at The Barking Bathhouse can be booked online at their website
When Dudeman was asked to overhaul a wardrobe for Chatelaine Magazine, he took it from uninteresting to extraordinary. Using his skills as a graffiti artist, he used hundreds of different colours and added them together to create a look that is edgy and different.
The armoire wasn’t just changed on the outside but on the inside as well as it now contains a fully stocked bar.
*You can see more images on Dudeman‘s blog
Located in Nashville, Tennessee is a small, bean to bar artisan chocolate maker called Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. who make special chocolates by hand. They are small and get their beans from some of the best chocolate producers in the world, which makes their end product sensational. Their single origin beans are slow roasted and stone ground in small batches before being combined with pure brown sugar, producing a chocolate with a smooth, robust flavour that is unique to Southern Artisan Chocolate™.