Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen
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One of the world’s finest breweries, Mikkeller, and the cool design agency Femmes Regionales have joined forces creating a small and elegant place for beer geeks as well as hipsters in the centre of Copenhagen. Often beer drinking is something you connect with big, round tummies and sports on a flat screen. But at the Copenhagen based Mikkeller Bar the high quality of the beer goes hand in hand with the delicacy of the surroundings.
The Danish design agency Femmes Regionales, who’s the creative mind behind the interior, had the ambition of combining the classic, old interior of old Danish pubs with something more modern and elegant:“Just like Mikkeller has combined the old profession of brewing with more innovative and experimenting methods,” Caroline Hansen, one of the founders of Femmes Regionales, explains. With her companion Mie Nielsen, she went pub-crawling in the centre of Copenhagen to collect some inspiration. “We found the contrast between the classical pub interior and something more modern really interesting,” the designer says. The result is a relaxed yet sophisticated whole with wooden tables and benches, a shiny wall of black tiles and details of golden lamps, knobs, coat hooks and flowers in dusty colours.
All in all the bar is not quite as manly as most beer places, and Femmes Regionales wanted to add a twist of solemness to the place as well, which they - among other things - did by designing a row of small chests of drawers with mirrors and golden knobs that they hung on the wall, Caroline Hansens explains: “If there is something a bit solemn to a place, people won’t bang their fists in the tables and empty their glasses in one, but behave in a different manner. We like to demand something from our audience – beauty generates beauty.”