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60s-Inspired Icelandic Bars

Mat Bar's Interior Takes Cues from the History of the Building

— August 28, 2017 — Art & Design
When Haf Studio, a Reykjavik-based design practice, created the interior of Mat Bar, it opted to harmonize the space with the building as a whole. The design is inspired by the visual gestures of the 60s, which is in line with the building where the new bar and restaurant opened.

All around the neighborhood in which Mat Bar sits, the cafes, bars, restaurants, and businesses seem to be stuck in time. Little of the architecture and design has changed in the area since it grew in popularity in the 60s, and so Haf Studio worked to incorporate that feel and ethos into its plans for Mat Bar.

The interior features a black and white diamond pattern on the linoleum floor tiles, circular, leather-covered stools and booths, and gold-trimmed panels on the bar and around the light fixtures.
Trend Themes
1. 60s-inspired Design - Opportunity for businesses to tap into the nostalgia trend by incorporating elements from the 1960s into their products or spaces.
2. Harmonizing with History - Businesses can differentiate themselves by designing spaces that pay homage to the history and architecture of the surrounding area.
3. Vintage Aesthetic - There is a growing consumer demand for retro-inspired design, presenting opportunities for businesses to create products and experiences that capture the vintage aesthetic.
Industry Implications
1. Hospitality - Hotels, bars, and restaurants can leverage 60s-inspired design to create unique and immersive experiences for their guests.
2. Interior Design - Interior designers can specialize in creating nostalgic spaces that harmonize with their surroundings, catering to clients seeking a vintage vibe.
3. Retail - Clothing stores and boutiques can capitalize on the vintage aesthetic trend by curating and selling clothing items from the 1960s or incorporating retro-inspired decor.
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