The first thing you'll notice about Bar Central is the bold green color palette. But there's more to the story.
Stockholm's Bar Central restaurant makes use of a refreshing mix of materials and colors, to elegant effect. The dominant material is lowly fiberboard, and potential eyesores (exposed air ducts and a clumsy drop ceiling) linger nearby. But the fiberboard is framed in riveted brass, and it looks almost regal. The ducts and ceiling are painted deep green and evoke an enchanted forest. Masonite dining chairs are framed simply, but flaunt pale green trim, brassy rivets, and a graceful backrest. The longer I consider it, the more I pick up on a Modern Middle Ages, German-Scandinavian vibe, and I want to go there now. Such is the kind of thinking that derives from the work of a firm called uglycute (the Swedish equivalent of jolie laide), clearly a group that revels in the juxtaposition of ideas.
N.B. Read a Q&A with the designers at You Have Been Here Sometime.
Above: Simple plaid napkins and glassware lend a rustic note.
Above: An unadorned menu board evokes the 20th century, while the riveted brass chairs feels almost medieval.
Above: Even the ale taps are green.
Above: The fiberboard wall panels are outlined in brass panels.
Above: A detail view of the custom chairs.