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Charlie’s Sports Bar

Project: Interior Design, Identity Design

Location: Xinyi, Taipei, Taiwan

The mixologist-owner of Charlie’s is also a sports fanatic–tough guy manliness juxtaposed with the thoughtfulness of quiet creation.

The design concept is inspired by the nets, flags, and banners of sports games, while the choice of font strikes a balance between vintage and contemporary, creating subtle, exciting tension.

 

The arrangement of space and materials like coloured glass, metal, concrete, and wood enriches the interplay of light, sound, sight lines, and the interactions between the customers and the owner. Colour, though, is the star in this space: shades of grey combine with woody tones to add depth; brass detailing draws the eye to the small things; and the dramatic black and orange store front reflects the owner’s vibrant personality.

Identity design

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Interior design

The black glass and bright orange frame of the entrance accentuate the owner’s radiant energy, quietly creating an overall feeling of pureness.

The black glass and bright orange frame of the entrance accentuate the owner’s radiant energy, quietly creating an overall feeling of pureness.

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With the use of projectors and light strips, light is manipulated to form different patterns: alcohol, colored glass, metal, concrete, and wood. Coarseness and delicacy interweave to show not conflicts, but tension.

With the use of projectors and light strips, light is manipulated to form different patterns: alcohol, colored glass, metal, concrete, and wood. Coarseness and delicacy interweave to show not conflicts, but tension.

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Meanwhile, the texture of brass is highlighted, conjuring a modest, old-schooled classiness.

Meanwhile, the texture of brass is highlighted, conjuring a modest, old-schooled classiness.

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The biggest draw of the sports bar is not how differentiated its hardware is, but how it creates an atmosphere that is just right.

The biggest draw of the sports bar is not how differentiated its hardware is, but how it creates an atmosphere that is just right.

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After all, that is one of the reasons why people would prefer a bar to their own home when it comes to watching sports.

After all, that is one of the reasons why people would prefer a bar to their own home when it comes to watching sports.

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The arrangement of space and material here enriches the interplay of light, glances, sound, and gestures between users, customers, and the owner.

The arrangement of space and material here enriches the interplay of light, glances, sound, and gestures between users, customers, and the owner.

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Color, of course, also plays a major role. With the dark gray background, light gray concrete and pieces of wood that are different shades of brown, the space becomes more layered.

Color, of course, also plays a major role. With the dark gray background, light gray concrete and pieces of wood that are different shades of brown, the space becomes more layered.

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Combine that with a golden color that is unique to brass, and all the details come to life.

Combine that with a golden color that is unique to brass, and all the details come to life.

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Charlie's Sports Bar