Client: Aperitivo Bar & Restaurant
Completion Date: 2009
Scope: Interior Design
Location: Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

Eklego's designers worked closely with the owners of La Bodega's new restaurant Aperitivo, to create a space that revives the glamorous era of 1930's Cairo. The challenge was to bring the concept to life through the design in a way that highlights the opulence and style of that period, while making it a contemporary space is timeless. The design emphasizes the rich art deco architecture of the Baehler Building, built in 1929, and now housing Aperitivo and La Bodega. Rich, noble materials are used, while maintaining the original ceilings and cornices that preserve the architectural integrity of the space.

The entrance foyer features a rich marble mosaic floor pattern, based on an original floor pattern from the 1930s which was magnified to double its size. The restaurant and bar areas are covered in walnut toned hard wood floors evoking a sense of warmth, with fireplaces carved out of one block of Nero Marquina marble reinforcing the richness of the space. Walls are painted in rich lacquered shades of olive grey interspersed with areas covered in textured wall covering. Belgium-based lighting designer Nadim Spiridom worked with Eklego to custom-design striking chandeliers and light fixtures for the restaurant.