Gruyeres, a little town near Lausanne in Switzerland, was one of the unexpected highlights of my trip to Europe this past Northern Winter. It is famous for it cheese, its medieval castle and winding alleys, and its views of the Alps foothills. But who knew, it also hosts perhaps the funkiest bar in Europe?
The bar is attached to the H.R. Giger Museum; a collection of works by the Swiss artist best remembered for his stunning production design on the "Alien" movies. His morbid fascination with the mechanic and the organic are given full flight in his (creepy) museum and even, better, the attached bar and cafe .
Amazing. The whole ceiling is like a vault of some gargantuan creature's ribs, with concrete spinal pillars for support,and moulded black rubber/concrete ribcage chairs. One one wall babies faces scream out in stone, and there is some kind of pod hanging over an intricately etched coffee table.
Ha ~~ you already made me think of the Star Wars alien thread in your Bangkok thread, and now this!
How did you find it? Just stumbling across it would make you doubt your own senses. The ceiling is truly beautiful, and I'd love to have some of those free-standing molded chairs. (the ribcage chair is a bit much for my house). God, I absolutely love the attention to detail and the way it also perfectly conforms to the image of cozy traditional bar.
I loved this fear and-awe inspiring dining setting (from the adjacent museum). It would look great in the boardroom of some vast, multinational conglomerate like Exxon or PepsiCola Corp. You can't really see in the picture but the chairs at each end are topped with skulls.