‘Cat and Mouse’ Beer-bar and Concept store I

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The ‘Cat and Mouse’ Beer-bar and Concept store is the newest creative space in the heart of ‘Kapana’ (literally means ‘The Trap’) – the brand new creative quarter in the city of Plovdiv (Bulgaria) in the place where a century ago the old craftsmen-district was. The place is located in the 100-years old 3-storey house, one of the many in this part, which are characterized by small front- and minimal floor size. The gross area is just 20 m2 per floor and the bar is located only on the first ground level.

The client required for a simple beer-store, but studio 8 ½ went beyond and created a place for degustation of the hundreds of Belgium beers, as well as a place to meet and chat with other beer-lovers in a simple and cozy home-environment. At the same time the bar works as a show room of local’s craftsman design furniture where everyone can explore different materials and experience unforgettable design experience.

The most common materials in the interior that underline the cozy feeling are plywood and natural wood. At the same time they are in contrast with the non-painted steel/metal elements, black walls and ceiling, as well as exposed old brick-wall, part of the original construction of the building. Special emphasis is put on steel as an industrial material – it can be seen in the ‘invisible’ parapet made of metal wires, the copper tubes running along the walls and the real traps used as an accent on the lamps hanging over the bar, etc.

Neither the minimal gross floor-size, nor the small budget are barrier, but on contrary – an opportunity for the studio to show its own philosophy about the interior and product design. The whole project is created to show one contemporary vision about new places in old districts of craftsmen and to develop one modern space in the historical center of the 8 000 years old and still living city of Plovdiv, a place that could fit in each contemporary looking city around the world. A place that is open to the future of the busy daily round of the big cities– by its simplicity and coziness.