A Helsinki Retro Bar with 1960 Design Influences

Time to pack your bags and fly to Helsinki, because Jackie is waiting for you.

Traveling to Helsinki? Then one of the mandatory stops during your trip is this retro bar named after the song ‘Jackie’ by British baritone Scott Walker. It was designed to evoke a slight 1960s and 1970s Milanese bar design and after you have stopped scrolling through the images, you will understand why we are so in love with it.


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The Jackie retro style bar’s designer, Joanna Laajisto of Studio Joanna Laajisto, explained: “I was given a soundtrack of 60s and 70s Italian lounge music and 70s French cosmic disco by the owner, Antti Eerikäinen, to understand the ambience he wanted in the space. Best brief I have ever received.

Using a palette of dark green paint, tan leather upholstery, dark woods and marble details, Laajisto said she wanted to create the “atmosphere of a hotel lobby without the rooms upstairs“.

“The dark green walls and ceiling with long tan leather sofas take you away, maybe to a bar in Milan in the ’70s,” she said. “The Pipistrello table lamp designed by Italian Gae Aulenti in 1965 reinforces the illusion.”

As well as custom-made tables with stripy inlaid marble tops designed by Laajisto, furniture includes the walnut Medici lounge chairs by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi.

Located in Helsinki’s Iso Roobertinkatu – a street in the Punavuori area, known as the city’s design district – the bar opened at the end of April 2017. As well as drinks, Jackie serves up North Italian-style pizza slices by renowned chef Antto Melasniemi.


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