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Jackie Bar: Channeling 1970s Italy in Modern Helsinki

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Jackie Bar: Channeling 1970s Italy in Modern Helsinki

September 12, 2017

When interior architect Joanna Laajisto set out to remodel a former bank in Helsinki into a Milanese-inspired bar called Jackie, she started with music. “I was given a soundtrack of sixties and seventies Italian lounge music and seventies French cosmic disco by the owner, Antii Eerikäinen, to understand the ambiance he wanted in the space,” says Laajisto. “Best brief I have ever received.”

The result is a mix of velvet, leather, walnut, and exotic marble, which adds up to a piece of 1970s Italy in modern Helsinki. Here’s a look.

The bar is named after the song &#8
Above: The bar is named after the song “Jackie” by 1960s American pop singer Scott Walker. Laajisto painted the interior a deep green, Tikkurila Symphony M439.

The leather benches and tables are custom. The chairs are Walnut Medici Chairs by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi.
Above: The leather benches and tables are custom. The chairs are Walnut Medici Chairs by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi.
Special attention was given to the DJ booth, which is built in sapele, a tropical African wood, and brass. On the marble-topped bar is an Italian Pipistrello Table Lamp by Martinelli Luce. The ceiling lights are Disc and Sphere Pendants by Atelier Areti.
Above: Special attention was given to the DJ booth, which is built in sapele, a tropical African wood, and brass. On the marble-topped bar is an Italian Pipistrello Table Lamp by Martinelli Luce. The ceiling lights are Disc and Sphere Pendants by Atelier Areti.

The bar is also clad in sapele wood.
Above: The bar is also clad in sapele wood.
In addition to classic cocktails, the bar serves Northern Italian food.
Above: In addition to classic cocktails, the bar serves Northern Italian food.
To create the feel of a hotel lobby, Laajisto utilized velvet curtains and leather benches. The Dot Stool by Arne Jacobsen pulls up to the cafe table.
Above: To create the feel of a hotel lobby, Laajisto utilized velvet curtains and leather benches. The Dot Stool by Arne Jacobsen pulls up to the cafe table.
A detail of the custom tables Laajisto commissioned in stripes of exotic marble.
Above: A detail of the custom tables Laajisto commissioned in stripes of exotic marble.

The bathroom features Mainzu tile, a Muuto Framed Mirror, and Cone Sphere Wall Light by Atelier Areti.
Above: The bathroom features Mainzu tile, a Muuto Framed Mirror, and Cone Sphere Wall Light by Atelier Areti.
Jackie is located at Iso Roobertinkatu 21 in Helsinki, Finland.

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