Bar & Co, Helsinki

This is interior architect Joanna Laajisto‘s latest project, a bistro style bar in Helsinki called Bar & Co. She designed it to have four areas with different atmospheres. ”The Bar” with a 6 metre carrara marble bar, ”The Butchers Room” with a large butchers block island and counter height tables and chairs, ”The Library” with sofas and lounge chairs and ”The Smoking Room” with green paneled walls.


To see all the rooms, please go to Joanna’s portfolio.

The over all design concept adopts some elements from the classic bistro style, such as the glossy white wall tiles and marble table tops, but in a new and modern way so the look is fresh and up to date. Although the design is quite minimalist and clean, lot of attention has been made to detail. Custom made textile birds were ordered from the British artist Abigail Brown, vintage copper cake molds are used as tea light holders and the copper candle sconces through out the space were designed by Joanna especially for this place.
Bar & Co will open next week, and it’s going to be a sure stop on my next Helsinki trip!
 Photography: Mikko Ryhänen



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Ems Designblogg is all about Scandinavian style, soft minimalism and beautiful functionalism. The blog is Sweden's oldest interior design blog and has been up and running since 2005. I strive to fill it with a mix of inspirational and aspirational images from all over the world, while keeping true to my own voice and style, where transparency is key and creative criticism is highly valued. When I'm not blogging, I bake chocolate cakes for my kids, hang around Stockholm's cafés and drink way too many cappuccinos, do some occasional styling work, and try to fit in some inspiring travel adventures in between. If you have any suggestions, propositions for collaborations, other ideas or just want to say hi, throw an email at: [email protected].


  • Jo

    that’s seriously stylish, really have to visit the minute they open…

  • Wow-this really is minimalist! I love the meat grinder on the end of the table- great shot!

  • Spotlightsen… marmorn, stolarna.. är på ett sätt glad att jag inte är där.. jag hade nog haft svår separationsångest om jag skulle lämna den lokalen

  • Bar&Co is absolutely gorgeous!!! ♥♥♥
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Haha, jaa det skulle nog vara svårt att slita sig! Risken skulle vara stor att man skulle bli stammis och hänga där varje kväll…

  • Amazingly beautiful and poetic. Thank you for this post!

  • It looks just great. Minimalistic. Like the lighting on the wall. Gotta visit immediately after opening.

  • tess

    completely beautiful.

  • Det snyggaste jag sett på länge !!

  • Skit snygga bilder 🙂

  • Karin

    Ljudnivån måste bli förskräckande hög i denna hårda lokal

  • Älskar baren skitmycket, påminner mig lite om gamla AG i Kungsholmen. Men på andra delar ser det ju ut som i en kyrka 😀

  • Snyggt 😀 Fin blogg 🙂

  • LeSeafarer

    Put a bird on it.

  • Älskar bilderna! Ruskigt snyggt!