Bahram Salour-Ciel Home Bar

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(Excerpt) Interview with Bahram Salour : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Bahram Salour : My wife asked me to design a home bar that eliminated the visual clutter created by the liquor bottles, beverage glasses ice buckets, etc., and which also relieved us of having to dust them frequently. This was the main idea behind the Ciel Bar; to create a sleek modern design that was highly functional and would improve quality of life. The inspiration for the design was the bachelor pads of the 60's and my love of automotive design. I have always loved the spy movies of the 1960's where at the push of a button a simple room is magically transformed into a den of seduction!. So, I set out to create a bar that appears simple at first glance but which hides secrets that are only revealed with closer inspection. However, the concept had to be housed in a cabinet that was unique and elegant enough to be placed in a living room, not just a game room. The design of the Ciel Bar cabinet was inspired by my admiration for American automotive design of the 1960's and early 1970's. I sought to capture the essence of the long and low bodywork of those classic cars and the stylish "bright work" that made them so special. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Bahram Salour : My primary focus was to create a home bar that is elegant yet highly functional. Since most home bars look like they either belong in a student dorm room or the local pub, I wanted to create something stylish enough to have pride of place in the home. My aim was to design a bar that was modern, unique and timeless without compromising functionality. I hope I have created an object that is as much a conversation piece as it is a piece of furniture. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Bahram Salour : I hope to find a suitable corporate partner to manufacture and market the design. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Bahram Salour : I started work on the concept in March 2011 and completed the design in August 2012. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Bahram Salour : I guess the design was commissioned by my wife! She asked me to design a home bar that eliminated the visual clutter created by our home bar, and which also relieved us of having to dust the liquor bottles, drinking glasses, etc. frequently. This was the primary reason behind the Ciel Bar. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Bahram Salour : I plan to find a suitable manufacturing and marketing partner and lease the production rights to them. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Bahram Salour : I saw that there was a need in the market place for a modern and complete home bar. Most home bars on the market are very poorly designed. They look like they were designed for college dormitory rooms or for the local pub. There was clearly room for a highly functional yet stylish bar that could occupy a place of pride in the home. This design is unique.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with Bahram Salour on Ciel Home Bar at design-interviews.com ]

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