Successful nightclub and bar design is punctuated by thoughtful detail, and I am always searching for new product ideas – nothing is beyond consideration. I admit that I have an obsessive interest in architectural trim of all kinds because, in the end, it’s the little things that make a huge difference.
Bar Design Trends and Buzz
I admit it, I’m a sucker for writing about my favorite products. And for good reason. Nightclub and bar owners need to know about all the great stuff that’s out there.
Included in my list of favorite architectural design products is the open cell ceiling, manufactured by Hunter Douglas Contract, a division of Hunter Douglas. Since first introduced to the open cell product over 12 years ago, I fell in love with its beauty and simplicity and have designed it into many nightclubs and bars and in many contexts.
Design professionals are always looking for a new product or finish to add to their bag of tricks, and I’m certainly no exception. In our quest for being cutting-edge, however, it’s comforting to also rely on the tried and proven.
In an earlier Design Buzz post about architectural lighting (refer below), we discussed that many nightclubs today dedicate a great deal of financial resources to lighting. Lighting accentuates the club’s façade, guides people into the club, entertains them with theatrical lighting and video display panels, enables them to adequately see stairways and creates the club’s ambiance with accent lighting.
One of the most enchanting architectural design products I’ve used in nightclubs and bars is thebeaded chain curtain. For those unaware, the beaded chain curtain is kind of a spin-off of the plastic beaded curtains of the late ‘70’s.