Through the years, Loki have successfully managed to fill their shelves with a failsafe range of top bottles – sparkling, orange, dessert, red, white and rose – for any occasion. Unlike the more well-known national chain wine merchants, they’ve really focused on championing honest and interesting winemakers from lesser-known regions, as well as managing to select the best of the best when it comes to the well-known and already-vaunted. The brief here was an invite to think long and hard about how to articulate this conventionally unconventional interior, appealing just as much to the new breed of wine-revellers as it does to traditionalists.
A note from the designer.
The main focus of this project was to create a functional bar, suitable for serving drinks but also for food prep. We took out the existing stud wall behind the back bar to open up the space, as well as extending the front bar further out. This allowed room for a central back bar station as well as a back-of-house area behind creating an ‘open kitchen’ feel.
Similar to GWA, the challenge was to make it feel more like a bar, incorporating overhead glass racks with extra storage and including dimmable lighting to create more of an ambience in the space. It was important that the front counter still acted as a working counter, so we designed a boxed out bottle display to sit on top of the front counter, allowing an element of privacy whilst also allowing customers to place drinks on top. In terms of furniture, we incorporated much needed lounge seating, which came as a direct result of customer feedback.