[ BICICLETA ]
Bicicleta, Șelari st no. 2, Bucharest
Bicicleta (*bicycle in Romanian) was opened in late December 2012 in an historical building located in Bucharest’s old city center.
The bar is a collaboration with Open Space Design a young design Bucharest based office owned by Architect Violeta Apostol and one of the bar’s owner Stefan Ciobotaru, who is responsible for the concept. The bar reflects the latter’s childhood love for bikes and everything that has to do with them.
The furniture and décor was possible with the aid of Vertigo Metal Design, Profilo Design and Boohooho Leather Design.
The concept revolves around reusing and recycling old bicycle parts, turning them into furniture and lighting fixtures, all mixed well with in an industrial décor of Bucharest’s old city center.
The main parts were purchased from Great Britain, and are mainly from the 1930’s, combined with a great part of elements recovered from Romania’s once oldest and largest bike factory Pegas, now permanently closed.
Using the saddles from the classical Pegas Kent, a bike that was popular in the 70’s communist Romania together with defining elements from track bikes, the bar’s entire furniture is laced with a great variety of bicycle parts that add extra detail and contribute to the general ambiance.
The sporty atmosphere is completed by the savory cocktails prepared by Stefan himself, after recipes made-up based on the costumer’s taste or the bartender’s inspiration.
— foto: Cristian Vasile, Andrei Creanga