The Theater Crowd: Bar & Co. in Helsinki by

Issue 50 · Saint Lucia · December 13, 2012

The Theater Crowd: Bar & Co. in Helsinki

Issue 50 · Saint Lucia · December 13, 2012

In close proximity to Helsinki's Alexander Theatre, National Theatre, and Swedish Theatre, the newly opened Bar & Co. is the new post-performance hangout in the city. Designed by Joanna Laajisto, the bar and restaurant is a modern take on a 1920s-style bistro.

Laajisto started with a long marble bar and tabletop, adding touches of wrought iron, black bentwood chairs, and cognac-leather covered oak benches. Bar & Co., connected to Kitchen & Co.

Bar & Co. is located between Bulevari and Uudenmaankatu at Yrjönkatu 18; for more visit Joanna Laajisto.

Bar and Co. restaurant leather seating

Above: A tanned leather bench cover across from a pair of black Thonet Era Chairs ($175 from Design Within Reach).

Bar and Co. restaurant bar stools and tables

Above: The Lamp Gras Model 214 Wall Lamps ($552 at Design Within Reach) and black vintage Thonet bentwood stools.

Bar and Co. restaurant wire chandelier

Above: Constance Guisset's Veritgo Chandelier with a black spoke-like frame.

Bar and Co. restaurant bar stools

Above: A passageway of light in the main seating area.

Bar and Co. restaurant pasta maker

Above: An antique meat grinder on the edge of a bar table.

Bar and Co. restaurant brass candlesticks

Above: Three brass candle holders mounted on the wall.

Bar and Co. restaurant bar

Above: Overhead brass light fixtures illuminate the marble bar.

Bar and Co. restaurant white tiles with writing

Above: The wine and cocktail menu written on white tile.

Bar and Co. restaurant green walls

Above: Laajisto painted the walls of the cafe dining area in a deep pistachio green; a similar color from Farrow & Ball is Chappell Green ($100 per gallon).

Bar and Co. restaurant chairs and table

Above: Brass candlesticks on a marble top table.

Bar and Co. restaurant brass candle holder

Above: Brass candlestick holders hung on the wall (L) and Laajisto's palette for designing the restaurant.

Bar and Co. restaurant bird on the wall

Above: A lone bird perched along the wall.

N.B.: Look through our latest favorite places to dine in our City Guide: Restaurants.

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