A Gastropub That’s a Testament to Both Cheese and Design
June 27, 2012
One of the many playful details in the new Poncelet Cheese Bar in Madrid, Spain is the kaleidoscopic mural at the heart of the space, whose flattened geometry carries hints of Buckminster Fuller interspersed with playschool color books. The mural acts as a focal point, referencing other similar gestures sprinkled all around the gastropub, including the cascading cedar wood facade and the greenery of the interior vertical garden.
The bar was designed by multidisciplinary firm Gabriel Corchero Studio, which oversaw the design and execution of nearly all the bar’s contents, from the cheese stands to the furniture to the shop’s custom cheese cellar. The latter is described as ”a rough diamond emerging from the ground” and was specially crafted out of cedar wood with glass inserts and outfitted with the latest technology to manage the temperature and humidity, forming a kind of cheese trophy case that’s the shop’s centerpiece. Other key elements incorporated into the design such as the aforementioned façade, the pair of Corian bars and a myriad of irreverent animal chotchkies help this Spanish Gastropub embrace an wide array of guests, both foodie and designer alike.