If you consider yourself a person of the world, not belonging anywhere, Cheval is the place to be (at least till the next one). Located in the heart of Thessaloniki’s centre and designed by George Tyrothoulakis and Evdokia Voudouri of Ark4LabofArchitecture, the bar&restaurant introduces itself at the entrance with a mannequin with a head of a horse – as a metaphor between old and new travellers. Find out below how the designers managed to blend nomadic vibes with the modern industrial design and still keep the place adapted to the current customers’ needs.
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As you walk in the bar&restaurant, it’s easy to notice that chevron pattern is rather prevalent. Sometimes easily recognisable as in the window’s metalwork, other times more concealed, as in the lighting fixtures, the ceiling itself with its sculpted layer; the tables’ borders, the orientation of objects in the space and the mere texture of its materials.
DelightFULL‘s floor lamp Coleman in copper coated brass and lacquered black aluminium – a true modern industrial lighting piece. You can detect some chevron in its bulb and its colour scheme enhances its industrial appearance. It’s possible to regulate its height and direction at any time.
There are elements in Cheval that attend to trends of its business – due to the need of always having to be updated – and make the place versatile as it welcomes customers since early morning till late night.
But Cheval plays those elements with elegance – remaining true to its primal aesthetics. Thereby, there’s neon, a sneering commentary of a fireplace, the known tug of war of a restaurant claiming its space next to a bar, a lounge, and more.
Photography by N. Vavdinoudis-Ch.Dimitriou.
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