Thursday, 8 April 2010

Giger Bar

How incredible is the interior of this Giger-designed watering hole? As the creator of terrifying life forms and their otherworldly environment (Alien anyone) H.R GIGER is the grand master of pre-cumbrian pimpin ambience. 

Forget dark red chesterfields and  black chandeliers, when it comes to designing and furnishing a cool bar, this man really knows how to take it up a notch. From the twisted roof fittings, to the etched walls, everything in this blog-forsaken place is modelled by the swiss surrealist artist himself.
And there we were thinking that the Swiss spent their time building underground money vaults, down voting Estonia at Eurovision and carefully cultivating their neutral political persona.
"Fundamental to the nature of his work is his Biomechanical aesthetic, a dialectic between man and machine, representing a universe at once disturbing and sublime."

There are two Giger Bars in Switzerland, one of them is part of a museum, which kind of annoys me, as the whole decor could potentially be ruined by the sight of badly dressed/extra casual/his'n'hers tourists hanging around, when I would rather see high-priestess of fashion Daphne Guinness and her Rick Owens clad entourage hanging out here. Sorry, call me old fashioned.

 Museum HR Giger Bar in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland
One enthusiast wrote in his journal:
The interior of the otherworldly environment that is the H.R. Giger Museum Bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle. The sensation of being in this extraordinary setting recalls the tale of Jonah and the whale, lending the feel of being literally in the belly of a fossilized, prehistoric beast, or that  you have been transported into the remains of a mutated future civilization.
The prominent high-backed chair design was originally intended as a Harkonnen throne for an abandoned Dune film project. More about Dune, later

1 comment:

  1. OoooOoO, very very cool. I shall be adding Switzerland to my travel wish list. I've got a book of the making of Species, incredile stuff. L x


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