Description of Angelina Bar & Lounge Area
The Angelina Bar logo at the entrance glows with a halo effect in the evenings and is testimony to the fact that the holistic design approach produces more profound results. IN-dulge designed the branding, selected artwork, proposed tableware and designed the uniforms.
A double height ceiling, delicately gilded with mouldings, sets the stage for the patron who enters from the street. A gallery lined with geometric wrought iron railings overlooks the bar and allows the diners on the mezzanine level a dramatic view of the activity below.
Ethereal chandeliers from Moooi float above the bar, providing an indirect golden glow without blocking the spectacular view of the up-lit whisky and liquor display in the imposing bar back gantry. This display is further enhanced with a pewter painted crown moulding.
The ‘U’ shaped pewter topped bar engages guests on all three sides. The bar is surrounded by cement tiles in chartreuse, cream and deep blue geometrics that is traditional yet fresh. The chartreuse and teal is mirrored by the leather seat groupings that dot the space. The vibrant colours are inspired by the rugged hills of Scotland, in moss greens, amber yellow, and purple heather.
The walls are paneled in a cool grey and brass highlights have been added to present a subtle contrast. This juxtaposition appears throughout Angelina to provide a pleasing tonal proportion. The mid-century decorative lighting gives a contemporary edge to the otherwise classical architecture. Nooks and crannies offer guests alternative corners to dine or drink in relative privacy, ensconced in luxurious Timorous Beasties wallpaper designed and produced in Scotland.
Armchairs, ottomans and wing back chairs covered in cerise and lime wools from the Scottish Isle of Bute feature in the whisky lounge. The unconventional carpets are woven with Oriental motifs and overlaid with green and amethyst, as if paint had been irreverently poured over the rugs. Wing backs frame vapour fireplaces that can provide actual heat but is mainly for show in the summer. Opulent Timorous Beasties wallpaper are framed on paneled walls and brass table lamps provide flattering low level lighting.
The whisky bar is surrounded by individually lit timber cases of privately owned whisky bottles. The decorative yet functional whisky bar serves the best selection of whisky by the glass in all of Vietnam.
Guests can enjoy a quieter dining experience on the mezzanine floor. High wing back arm chairs in teal leather provide a romantic setting for tete a tetes. Enveloping the armchairs are woven teal and brass rod screens that is a nod to the bar’s Celtic background. The low ceiling level on this floor posed a challenge to designing an ornate ceiling but gilded moulding embellishments did the trick.
A grand dame of a VIP room offers the chance to host an exclusive private party of up to fourteen guests. The dynamic hexagon configurations on the aubergine, moss and amber wool carpet reflects the hexagon moulding in the ceiling, which has been kept a creamy white. A wine display graces a wall and a dedicated whisky and cocktail bar ensures an exclusive dining experience.