Through a narrow, twisting alley, night owls reach a small building over old cobblestones. In this one hides an equally small, but beautiful designed bar. She calls herself “BONECHINA”. Studio ABERJA has created a truly extraordinary ambience with the bar for the Lindenberg Group in the middle of the Ballermann in Frankfurt am Main: Here one sits in a living room atmosphere on chairs in Mid-Century style. A fine selection of cocktails is offered — and if necessary, the tonic water even can be tapped from a large Origami ceramic elephant, which dominates the middle of the room.
The walls are covered in diamond-shaped blue/anthracite colored tiles that reflect the light from the small spotlights in the ceiling. They were made specially by Kaufmann Keramik and are intended to reference the pattern on the typical Frankfurt cider glasses, so architect Robin Heather at Aberja. Logically, they were named “Frankfurt Tiles”. They boast angled, symmetrical and asymmetrical surfaces and as a wall covering are meant to bring to mind an elephant’s hide. And with so many tiles involved, a fitting name was needed, and hardly surprisingly the choice fell on “Bone China”, the noble bone porcelain.
Symmetry and contrasts are the key elements underlying the bar’s interior: Warm pear wood extends through the interior to the floor planks.
And the Frankfurt diamond pops up everywhere: From the niches in the walls that host the decorations to the tiles and even through to the acoustic panels in the ceiling: diamonds everywhere. The Bonechina concept is a bar that can host at most 20 guests at once, who automatically mingle, can enjoy sprucing up their drinks with a little assistance — for example using aromatized ice cubes. If you want to visit the ceramic elephants at the weekend, you can also rent the BONECHINA Bar.
Frankfurt am Main
Tuesday to Thursday 19 to 2 Uhr
All photos by Steve Herud. We thank Anna Moldenhauer for the idea and the information for this text. She wrote the original text on 19. 06. 2017 for the DEAR magazine.