18 February 2015
Decorative and industrial style unite under the same roof at Bar Deco. It is located in the Bulletin building, a spectacular printing house dating to 1928, in Washington D.C.’s Chinatown. Despite the fact that the building is being used for other purposes, its façade remains intact with parts of its original Art Deco mural. The dialogue between past and present begins before one even enters, where guests encounter a mural by Terry Knowles. The interior spaces were designed by Studio CORE, who used an interesting mix of classical and industrial style. The walls’ flaking imperfections and exposed brick serve as a background furniture that has contemporary lines, but retro details. The bar fills all four floors of the building. The ground floor is the entryway, the first has an expansive open kitchen, the second the dining room, the third a cocktail bar, and the last a rooftop bar with a fantastic view of the Nation’s capital.