Fyra sets laid-back ambiance with soft materials and dim lighting at Bardem bar in Helsinki
Bardem is a casual bar run by experienced restauranteurs Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas in the center of Helsinki. When Hans and Arto, who also stay behind restaurant Penélope, decided to create a new sibling to this restaurant and a new concept, they turned to Fyra, a Helsinki-based interior architecture and design company.
“Based on the visual identity created by Kallan & Co, we set out to create the perfect place for everything from celebrations to drinks after work. The result is Bardem – a totally unique bar that people love to visit and hate to leave. The very first thing that needed doing was to transform the two-story space in Helsinki’s Epicenter building from a store into a restaurant, giving the surrounding offices, stores and other restaurants a classy yet not-at-all-uppity new neighbor. The idea was for the restaurant to literally center around a large bar featuring prominently-placed bottles. The bar is meant to be an attention-grabber, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their own personal space. The dark ambiance and dim lighting provide protection from prying eyes. And the laidback vibe pulls guests in and provides a refuse from the hectic life of the outside world. Bardem’s interior naturally combines the old with the new, creating a unique and laidback atmosphere. The recycled and reupholstered furniture and curtains create a soft and intimate acoustic environment throughout the entire space. Bardem is a modern-day speakeasy where nuances from the 80s all the way to today come together to create something totally new,” explains Fyra