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Named after the song Jackie by British baritone Scott Walker, this nostalgia-tinged bar in Helsinki has been designed to evoke a 1970s Milanese bar.

Jackie bar by Studio Joanna Laajisto

The Jackie bar’s designer, Joanna Laajisto of Studio Joanna Laajisto, explained: “I was given a soundtrack of 60s and 70s Italian lounge music and 70s French cosmic disco by the owner, Antti Eerikäinen, to understand the ambience he wanted in the space. Best brief I have ever received.”

Using a palette of dark green paint, tan leather upholstery, dark woods and marble, Laajisto said she wanted to create the “atmosphere of a hotel lobby without the rooms upstairs”.

Jackie bar by Studio Joanna Laajisto

“The dark green walls and ceiling with long tan leather sofas take you away, maybe to a bar in Milan in the ’70s,” she said. “The Pipistrello table lamp designed by Italian Gae Aulenti in 1965 reinforces the illusion.”

“Live DJs play a big part of the bar’s ambience and a special attention was given to the DJ booth,” Laajisto continued. “Made out of sapele wood, it was designed to be a little sister to the bar counter.”

Jackie bar by Studio Joanna Laajisto

As well as custom-made tables with stripy inlaid marble tops designed by Laajisto, furniture includes the walnut Medici lounge chairs by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi.

Jackie bar by Studio Joanna Laajisto

Located on Helsinki’s Iso Roobertinkatu – a street in the Punavuori area, known as the city’s design district – the bar opened at the end of April 2017. As well as drinks, Jackie serves up North Italian-style pizza slices by renowned chef Antto Melasniemi.

Jackie bar by Studio Joanna Laajisto

Earlier this year, architecture studio Atelier In Vitro took a similarly nostalgic approach to the renovation of three apartments in an old building in Porto, by restoring parquet and marble floors, and adding mid-century furniture.

Photography by Mikko Ryhänen.

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