Tired of French-inspired wine bars? This Prague space is of its own kind

Prague – Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus liken Dvojka, a new wine bar of their design in Prague, to a studio – or a vintage refrigerator shop. Dvojka had been a long-time dream of their long-time client, art gallerist Richard Preisler, and they wanted to deliver a space that was a departure from the imported Provenҫal tropes and cosiness expectable of wine bars. A space that’d feel like Preisler himself: contemporary and modern on one hand, a little punk and vintage on the other.

So they doused the space – appliances, furniture and a few polished-off bottles of wine, too – in matte white paint, then splattered it over freshly-poured concrete floors. Stool chairs are gathered around the main, asymmetrical table flaunting a centrepiece of white candles and piles of their melted wax.

The design elements, on their own, might look a little haphazard. But together, they form an almost industrial, almost clinical still life that just seems to work. This is largely due to the choice of furniture, warm lighting and flooring for the space. All elements were selected to imbue a sense of friendliness and intimacy, to provide a counterbalance to the sterility of the achromatic palette. A red neon number two, hung lopsided on an exposed brick wall, gives a single coloured clue hinting at what the space serves up.

And speaking of the grapey good stuff: if you’ve been looking at the photographs, wondering where it is, bottles are chilling in the vintage refrigerators Plecháč and Wielgus made reference to, stacked two-high to the ceiling.

Dvojka has a quirky personality, and does well to respond to the monotonous look of so many wine bars. The space paves the way for other defectors to shake the typology up.

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