On Sunday my friend Lesley was up from Cornwall so we took a trip into Manchester and had a look around the Spinningfields area, which is a part of the City that has changed dramatically since Les left Manchester 7 years ago.
One of the newer bars to spring up on Bridge Street is Artisan and after taking a while to find it, as it is down an alleyway and above road level, we weren’t disappointed. We both agreed it was a little bit New York and a little bit Spitalfields and very cool.
The interior is semi industrial but with an emphasis on art. It is a huge cavernous space but still remains intimate, due to the clever space planning and design. What struck me was the way the designers had given detail to every surface including the ceilings, which is an area often forgotten when designing a room.
In the main bar/restaurant area the ceiling has a concrete grid effect, then in the the ladies toilets, which are amazing, I thought very parisian and decadent, the ceilings are papered with New York tin tile effect wallpaper. if you want to try this at home,a range of the papers are available from Rockett St George.
There are lots of clever ways you can make your ceiling a feature and add another colour or texture to your space from a simple textured wallpaper to a paint colour other than white?
This last image is obviously an original future, lucky for the owners but a good illustration of how a ceiling can transform an otherwise plain room?