Bar and Club Design

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Abbeville Press, 2004 - Architecture - 192 pages
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Once simply places to kick back and relax with a little drinking and dancing, bars and clubs have developed into stylish arenas at which to see and be seen. From slick "style bars" specializing in high-end spirits and wines to late-night lounge bars that provide a relaxing alternative to warehouse clubbing, cocktail culture is experiencing a tremendous revival. With every design element--from layout to lighting--considered vital to the success of any "scene," competitive designers continually push the limits of style, theme, and materials to create ever more spectacular spaces.

In Bar and Club Design, more than 40 visually intoxicating restaurant bars, hotel bars, independent bars, and clubs from all over the globe are featured in more than 200 stunning photographs and detailed floor plans. In each short chapter, author Bethan Ryder delves into enticing spots like Las Vegas' Rumjungle and Copenhagen's Nasa, covering each venue's remarkable history, layout, furniture, lighting, and accessories. She also provides insight into the individual designer's strategy for maximizing client pleasure, and in her engaging introduction sets recent bar and club development within its social and historical context.

Showcasing the best after-dark playgrounds, this invaluable reference for architects and designers is also an indispensable guide for anyone seeking the perfect party.

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210 illustrations, 160 in full color. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4" trim size. Published 2002.

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About the author (2004)

Bethan Ryder is a London-based journalist specializing in travel and interior design. She has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines, and is the author of Restaurant Design (2004) and New Bar and Club Design (2005).

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