The designers from 6th Sense Interiors have taught us to expect great things and their latest project doesn’t disappoint. After being mesmerized by the Kaffeine bistro in Greece, we now visit Italy to have a look at the Abyss Pub. Like always, both the theme and the design are unique. This time the designers created an amazing decor inspired by the kraken.
The legend of the kraken was inspired by a real creature: the giant squid. In the Nordic folklore, the kraken is believed to haunt the seas from Norway through Iceland and all the way to Greenland and to have a taste for human flesh which drives it to attach fishing boats and to drag them into the abyss. The octopus tentacles displayed above the bar in the Abyss pub are a representation of this legend.
The copper tentacles are designed on a cardan cross system base and each arm measures nine meters in length. They spread across the ceiling and some extend to reach the boat which is the second focal point of the pub. A series of 10 projectors are used to illuminate the ceiling and to create a 3D illusion of dynamism, making it seem as if the sea is in motion.
Apart from the ceiling tentacles and the boat, the pub is also decorated with all sorts of other interesting elements which aren’t necessarily closely linked with the kraken theme. The struggle between monster and boat takes center stage and gives life to the kraken. Details such as the position and orientation of the tentacles and the spears that pierce them suggest the idea of movement, hence the realism of the decor.
The tentacles and a set of other decorations which were custom designed for this project are made of polished and lacquered copper and they’re consistent with the industrial and steampunk styles that define most of the work of the 6th Sense designers. In addition to these, the pub is also furnished with plenty of reclaimed wood used for features such as bar shelves tied with rope to create the image of a shipwreck.
The designers also customized a series of musical instruments and displayed them on the walls of the bar together with accent lighting that highlights their silhouettes and unique features.