Hungarian designer and visual artist Kissmilkos was commissioned to create a sophisticated bohemian brand and atmosphere for Trafiq, one of the newest bars in downtown Budapest. The goal was to revive the vibe of the late 19th to early 20th century, while reinterpreting a vintage style mixed with a modern atmosphere. To accomplish this, Kissmilkos created everything from the branding, to interior graphics, to the restaurant’s packaging.  A “trafik” was a type of tiny shop selling tobacco, sweets, newspapers, toys, and other knickknacks, and was a real treasure island for children. I’ve purposely created an image that conveys this specific atmosphere. The typography resembles of  newspaper fonts, french playing cards – the essential accessories of early 20th century clubs and the typical souvenirs of a “trafik”.

The Logo: “The logo is based on a roman-type font, and is mixed with a playful, classic ligature. The logotype contains the address of the venue. This provides an easier form of communication and unifies the typographic language, moreover ,it determines its style. Nevertheless, the typographic language tends to reach beyond the boundaries of a logo and of various graphic elements, and becomes the concept itself, the interior’s distinguishable cornerstone.”

The Restrooms: “Simplistic restroom graffiti collected from anglo-saxon countries, and separated by genders. Their content was not altered, although they are presented in an elegant, footed, and classical antiqua that conjures an intense paradox and basically gives life to an artistic concept; moreover, it gives an iconic edge to its location.”

The Posters: “Humorous, framed texts referring to sexuality, night-time entertainment, and getting tipsy, all interpreted in the language of contemporary typography. These texts, at least to an extent, resemble both the philosophy of late 19th – early 20th century artists and the atmosphere of bohemian saloons independent from high-nosed institutions.”

The Packaging: “The concept of the packaging is based on the formerly described world of “trafiks”, and puts simple, playful ideas into practice – such as hard-pack cigarette boxes and matchboxes. Regardless, it’s still remaining elegant, and follows the visual path carved by trafiq’s image. (via The Dieline)

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Donny’s Bar, located in the northern beachside suburb of Manly, was designed by Sydney studio Luchetti Krelle to resemble a New York loft. The bar serves a selection of Asian-inspired dishes, so the design team wanted to also incorporate Asian influences into the space to conjure up images of “a back alley in Chinatown”. “The brief was to create a warm and friendly New York style loft bar which would serve Asian style tapas and dumplings – on a tight budget,” the designers explained. “Avoiding overt Asian theming, we instead opted for a pared-back approach to the design.” A range of recycled materials were used to transform the stark space into a dark and atmospheric bar with exposed brick walls and concrete flooring throughout. (via Dezeen) A bar design in my taste.

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The Nike concept store in Shanghai is designed by the Taiwanese architectural firm, Miniwiz Sustainable Development Ltd, and the store was built by using 2,000 PET water bottles, 50,000 DVDs and CDs, as well as 5,500 soda cans. The water bottles were used to make 2,000 yards of wire tension, with the joints being made from 5,278 aluminum cans. The CDs complete the grungy interior by decorating the ceiling, making the vibrant colors of Nike’s shoes stand out. (via Design Taxi)

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When in Malmö and you have a crave for solid food with a french bistro touch and the opportunity to play a game of boule, you should visit the recently opened Boulebar at Drottningtorget. The beautiful interior design was created by Gothenburg based Stylt Trampoli.

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The japanese studio Nendo has recently completed a new store for the Spanish Shoe brand Camper in New York. Nendo has covered the whole retail space with thousands of white shoes. Funky and cool. I like it. (via Fubiz)

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Located inside the W Hotel Montreal, the “Wunderbar Lounge” is a space for relaxation and socializing.


Housed in the refrigeration room of a former Soviet-era bakery, the brick and concrete interiors of Sever Bar in St. Petersburg is harsh, stark and industrial. After deciding to keep the authentic atmosphere of the space, the owners added softer, friendlier details—such as a cool neon sign—to bring this vintage space into the present. The latest addition to an artistic hub that includes galleries, exhibition spaces, a bookstore and a café, several notable artists could be found dishing out drinks from behind the bar. (via DesignTaxi)


Scenario Interior Architects created this funny and colorful design for the interior of an ice cream shop in Akershus located in Norway. (via Fubiz)


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