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Topolski Bar – Celebrates the Art of Feliks Topolski

Topolski Bar celebrates the art of Feliks Topolski by B3 Designers (1)

Topolski Bar is an interior design project conducted by London studio B3 Designers. Topolski Bar is Winner Best London Bar, Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in 2013/2014

Topolski Bar celebrates the art of Feliks Topolski by B3 Designers (2)

The designer’s presentation: In November 2013 B3 Designers created the interiors of newly opened bar/café Topolski located in the Hungerford arches next to the South Bank Centre. With a self-supporting scaffolding structure within the arches to hold and display Topolski’s artwork, this new industrial, raw style-looking gallery truly celebrates Feliks Topolski’s work, a cultural DNA of London’s South Bank.

Topolski Bar celebrates the art of Feliks Topolski by B3 Designers (3) Feliks Topolski established his studio in 1953 in a nearby arch and in 1975 acquired the arches where newly opened Topolski bar/café is now located. Our brief was to turn this 370 square metre arch space into a venue that allowed visitors to enjoy Feliks Topolski’s artworks. This was to incorporate a counter bar and seating for Company of Cooks food offer whilst creating an aesthetic that reflected Topolski utilitarian artistic approach. One of the main interior features is the reclaimed scaffolding structure within the ceiling of the arches displaying Topolski’s artwork – though an ideal solution for showcasing such huge pieces of art work in arch spaces, they also reflect the artist’s down to earth creative approach.

Topolski Bar celebrates the art of Feliks Topolski by B3 Designers (4)

The scaffolding structure is clad with simple plywood and soft wood battens, referencing art crates used for transportation. The large bar centrally located follows the same design with softwood battens and ply cladding referencing the art crates. The bar top itself is made from reclaimed school desks whose surfaces are covered in graffiti.

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The back of the arch celebrates the Topolski Chronicles – hand sketched accounts of iconic figures, politics and events throughout the 20th Century including Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, HG Wells and Elvis Presley. We have referenced this using bespoke paper mache wallpaper incorporating these illustrations. The use of illustrations is again very reflective of Topolski’s artistic manner, which celebrated art in every day life.

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