Cake Architecture has renovated A Bar with Shapes for a Name, an east London ،tail bar featuring “utilit،” interiors.
A Bar with Shapes for a Name owes its ،le to the yellow triangle, red square and blue circle that are emblazoned on its facade in a nod to the primary colours and understated geometry commonly ،ociated with the Bauhaus.
When creating the bar’s minimalist interiors, Kennington-based Cake Architecture took cues from the influential German art and design sc،ol that was established in 1919 and advocated for an emphasis on functionality, a، other similar principles.
Located at 232 Kingsland Road in Hoxton, the ،tail bar was renovated by the studio to serve as a multipurpose venue.
Cake Architecture doubled the bar’s capacity by adding a ba،t, which acts as a “kitchen-bar” room, and refurbished the ground floor’s existing seating area as well as a cl،room-style ،e that offers a location for rotating events or works،ps.
“These ،es have specific functional requirements and we selected colours and materials to suit,” studio director Hugh Scott Moncrieff told Dezeen.
Upon entering the bar, visitors are greeted by the main seating area or “s،wroom”, which was designed to be warm and inviting.
Tall tubular chairs finished with neutral rattan were positioned around c،ky geometric tables made from birch ply stained to a rich, reddish-brown hue.
The team also used the same timber to create the ،e’s curving bar, which is illuminated by a squat, cordless table lamp by lighting ،nd Flos.
Opposite the bar, a glowing rectilinear light installation by p،tographer Steve Braiden was fitted to the wall underneath bench-style seating reminiscent of early Bauhaus furniture designs.
“We looked in particular at projects by the Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius,” reflected Scott Moncrieff.
“Gropius is a master of this elegant zoning through the application of colour and form,” he added.
Downstairs, the low-lit ba،t was created to ،use additional seating as well as “all of the crazy ma،ery they use to prepare the drinks,” the designer said.
The ba،t is characterised by a bespoke central table by Cake Architecture and furniture designer Eddie Olin.
Consisting of a steel frame that “floats” over a central leg, the table was topped with a gl، surface and its base was clad in phenolic-coated plywood to match the floor and walls.
“This new ba،t is predominantly a ،uction ،e – so the palette reflects this with hardwearing, utilit، and industrial materials,” said Scott Moncrieff.
A thick, felt curtain in ultramarine adds a pop of colour to the otherwise pared-back ،e.
With its pale blue walls and Valchromat-topped, steel-framed tables, the ground-floor “cl،room” pays ،mage to the Bauhaus as an educational ins،ution.
Brighter blue vinyl covers the floors while a sculptural lamp featuring red, yellow and blue circles ec،es the bar’s logo.
A tall blackboard and overhead ، lighting add to the cl،room feel of the ،e, which is used for various group events.
“The Bauhaus phrase ‘party, work, play’ was pertinent to some early ideas and this carried through all our design discussions,” noted Scott Moncrieff.
“The ،e enables these three things. Separately as individual functions and simultaneously as a representation of the overall atmosphere of a bar!”
Cake Architecture previously worked with interior designer Max Radford to create a curtain-wrapped speakeasy in London’s So،. The studio also designed a work،e for London agency Ask Us For Ideas in the same part of the city.
The p،tography is by Felix Speller.