Bar Style charts the glamorous design renaissance of hotel bars and members' clubs and the way their cutting-edge interiors have helped forge a new social culture. Until recently dominated by sexless corporate design and traditional stuffiness, hotel and members? bars have responded to a backlash against homogeneity and are now the playground for innovative designers, sophisticated celebrities, and ultra-cool urbanites.
The revolution in 'exclusive' bars began with the birth of the Groucho and Ian Schrager's boutique hotels. There is now a stunning range of intimate, ground-breaking bars -- even within traditional hotels -- that offer the fashion-savvy, post-club generation somewhere to see and be seen. The designs of Starck, Collins, Jiricna, Conran and Chipperfield rise above the zeitgeist, providing interiors of great beauty, style, and wit.
Join author Howard Watson in an examination of bars from the UK, USA, Australia, Europe, and Asia and of the designs of Starck, Collins, Jiricna, Conran, and Chipperfield. Each bar study is accompanied by high quality images and a full description, summing up the design, ambience, and clientele.