Project Name
Bar Basquiat
Posted in
Bars, Design, Interior Design
Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday 07.30 - 01.00, Friday 07.30 - 03.00 , Saturday 09.30 - 03.00, Sunday 09.00 - 01.00
Location
Javastraat 88-90
1094 HM Amsterdam
Netherlands
Telephone
+31 20 370 83 34
Email
info@barbasquiat.nl
Design Studio
Studio Modijefsky
Area (sqm)
185
Completed
December 2015
Visit Website
barbasquiat.nl
Detailed Information
Project NameBar Basquiat Posted inBars, Design, Interior DesignOpening HoursMonday to Thursday 07.30 - 01.00, Friday 07.30 - 03.00 , Saturday 09.30 - 03.00, Sunday 09.00 - 01.00
Location
Javastraat 88-90
1094 HM Amsterdam
Netherlands
Telephone+31 20 370 83 34Emailinfo@barbasquiat.nl
Design StudioStudio ModijefskyArea (sqm)185CompletedDecember 2015
Visit Websitebarbasquiat.nl

Dutch design studio Modijefsky has recently completed a new bar in Amsterdam inspired by American painter and poet Jean-Michel Basquiat. Situated in the multicultural neighbourhood of Amsterdam East and occupying the building of a former supermarket, Bar Basquiat has been thoughtfully designed using both direct and indirect references to the artist it's named after, while reflecting the building's former use. 

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

With its distressed metal furniture and the use of harsh materials like metal mesh, bare plywood and paint-splattered concrete, the bar has the feeling of an underground drinking spot; meanwhile, the choice of pastel pink for the walls, vintage seats and light fixtures alludes to the aesthetic of classic American diners. Neon and fluorescent lighting has been custom-designed and installed to highlight architectural details such as ceiling beams, while each area of the bar uses colours and materials that correspond to parts of the former supermarket: milky paint covers the wall where the dairy shelves used to stand, cork has been used to remind us of the nuts and dried-fruit corner, and red covers the bar counter, which is where the butcher used to be.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

In this 1980’s New York setting comes a reference to the work of Basquiat in the form of quotes, sketches and collages of materials; in fact, the whole project has been conceived by the designers as one big collage where text, colour and images are superimposed, just like in Basquiat’s work. On top of all the layers come quotes from the artist’s texts in the form of writing on the bathroom mirrors, neon signs in the space and baffling mottos on the building’s façade, creating the impression that the man himself was here and angrily graffitied the place. The bar’s graphic identity was inspired by Hobo signs, an element that is also present in Basquiat’s work.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Photo by Maarten Willemstein.

Bar Basquiat in Amsterdam by Studio Modijefsky

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