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Opening doors: Moscow pop-up combines food, drink and art

07 : 10 : 2014 Door 19 : Moscow : ArtKvartal

Moscow – Door 19, a pop-up restaurant, bar and gallery, has opened for a second time, back by popular demand.

Door 19 at ArtHouse, Moscow Door 19 at ArtHouse, Moscow
Door 19 at ArtHouse, Moscow Door 19 at ArtHouse, Moscow
Door 19 at ArtHouse, Moscow Door 19 at ArtHouse, Moscow
Door 19 at ArtHouse, Moscow Door 19 at ArtHouse, Moscow

Located on the top floor of ArtHouse, a new residential building on the Yauza river, Door 19 is a creative collaboration of Michelin-starred chefs and acclaimed mixologists, featuring artwork from Damien Hirst and Jonathan Meese, among others.

The interior was designed by Russian architects PH.D. They have used a reductionist approach, combining heavy industrial materials such as steel, concrete and wood to make the most of the light and views afforded by the penthouse location and 12m-high ceilings.

The bar and mezzanine level are constructed from scaffolding, giving the space a half-finished look and reflecting the temporary nature of the pop-up concept. The effect is very atmospheric, one element overlapping the other as guests eat and drink surrounded by elaborate light installations and sculptures in a utilitarian experience.

This is the second version of Door 19, part of ArtKvartal, a collective of artists seeking to change the standards and quality of life, work and rest for Muscovites by building a new day-and-night cluster of creative and social activity. It will be open from 25 September to 31 October.

For more on industrial aesthetic, read our Heavy Industry Design Direction.