Memphis Meets Secession in L.A.’s Coolest New Bar Interior

When the New York interiors firm Home Studios presented its first collection of lighting and furniture at our OFFSITE show earlier this year, the pieces were a culmination of an unusually prolific track record of custom design and fabrication. Having seen the firm’s newest project, the West Hollywood bar Bibo Ergo Sum, in which Home designed every single element but the chairs, we can only imagine how ridiculously good their second collection is going to be. At Bibo, fat curves, a liberal use of colored resin, and the influence of Viennese icons Josef Hoffmann and Otto Wagner — “Memphis meets Secession,” as principal Oliver Haslegrave puts it — are all themes that the designers will be experimenting with in the foreseeable future.

Remarkably, though, the list of inspirations that went into the Bibo project doesn’t stop there. “The striped columns were partly inspired by a trip to the Siena Cathedral,” says Haslegrave. “We also looked at Alvar Aalto — a continual influence — Antonio Cardillo, French New Wave cinema posters, and films themselves, from the style of Band of Outsiders to the production design of The Graduate and 2001: A Space Odyssey, also a continual influence. We view interiors as visual stories, and nothing gets us more excited then combining a lot of diverse influences and shaping the story from that interaction.” Check out more images of Bibo below.
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