The idea for this Award-winning project for the 2014 Interior Biennale in Kortrijk (BE) derives from the consideration that space is a scarce good on most fairs. Booths are crammed side to side and constantly screaming for the public’s attention. Therefor a visit can be a tiring experience. It not only leaves you head ached, thirsty and hungry, usually it also makes you look for the nearest escape.
In this context Behind the Curtain can be understood as a reclaiming of space. In the same way a city park can be an escape from busy traffic, this project offers a pause from the noise and visual overload of the event. Besides food and drinks, this bar’s biggest asset is space, arranged along the solid base of a beautiful marble bar and softly wrapped by a silky curtain.
Some places will be quite intimate, other parts will show a glimpse of the passing crowd. But all seats will be comfortably embraced by the curtain. It mutes the noise, filters the views and creates a stylish but cozy atmosphere. The shape of its spline makes it at the same time inviting and excluding, as it pulls in and pushes away.
The arrangement is simple and therefor flexible. A composition of two linear stone elements organizes the space. Above them a white and translucent fabric defines the limitations. In the center the bar is clearly marked by the brass countertops that contain all the necessary commodities. Along the length the stone counters turn into communal tables. A layout that can accommodate a group of diners as easily as it can offer a retreat for a salesman catching up on his mails, while he enjoys a cappuccino.
Location: BE, Kortrijk
Client: Biennale Interieur
Team: Jasper Stevens, Karel Verstraeten
Photos: Bart Kiggen, Filip Dujardin