Restaurants and bars used to be judged upon the quality of the food and drinks they offer. Nowadays ambiance and great environment count almost as much as food, beverage and service.

With previous experience in interior design for hospitality in Europe, I am really interested in the designs that artists create in bars and restaurants. Playing with shapes, textures, colors and lighting to create different atmospheres at different times of the day is something really challenging but exciting.

And when interior designers get it right, it is extremely rewarding! I’ve identified a series of bars and and restaurants worldwide that have an exceptional setting and I comment each of them, highlighting what makes them unique.

In San Francisco, we notice a big presence of industrial style in restaurants and bars. Why is this style, that I really appreciate, so trendy in our city? I believe that the main reason is because this style is directly inspired by an era that totally changed our lives and structured the way we live today. The end of 19th Century – beginning of 20th Century marks the real development of industry and led to creations that include train, car, radio, telephone… means of communication that we still use today. We see a resonance with what currently happens in San Francisco, where all major technological innovations are created and keep changing the way we communicate. The industrial style is a symbol of creativity and innovation. That’s why I chose to pick the Balmori Roof Bar as a inspirational setting that could totally be implemented in SF.

Balmori Rooftop Bar is a project that was designed by David Dana Cohen. The site is one of the few rooftop bars in Roma Norte & the only one with 300 square meters. The objective with Balmori was to design an innovative youthful space which would offer an opportunity for disconnection from the Urban Mass. The design of this public open space overlaps landscape, graphic design, furniture design and architecture.

The setting showcases a great combination of raw materials and textures: from wood to steel and cinder blocks, this bar uses a variety of materials that give a urban and natural feel. The glass door and ceiling are an invitation to pause, look at the outdoors from this cocoon. It is a combination of disconnection from the city and the urban mass and connection with the natural elements.

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