Manchester’s Common bar opens after trendy revamp
Manchester-based design practice Peter Masters has refurbished the Common project. Completed in 2015, Common is an independent bar located in Manchester’s hip Northern Quarter, and is well known on the city’s art scene for supporting local artists.
The contemporary bar, which is located on Edge Street has converted its basement to create room for an extra 40 covers and has managed to persuade local artists and designers to help create a fresh new look bar and eatery.
The lighter, brighter space continues to champion the city’s art and design scene, but taking a step forward, this time art has become part of the bar, and Common will evolve and develop as new artists make their mark in the city.
The design is focused on craftsmanship and storytelling – each element has its own backstory – and all the custom made pieces are eco-friendly, low impact and locally sourced.
The interior design, by Peter Masters, is inspired by textures and colours, bringing the outdoors in with cladding and pebble-dash installed on the inside walls using traditional techniques. Common also commissioned Peter to make bespoke tables and chairs for the venue, made by craftsmen in Manchester from solid ash and birch plywood.
The Joe Hartley ceramics, showcased in Common’s first exhibition, include bespoke beer pump handles, coffee tampers and lampshades, the first step in Common’s aim to make art an essential part of the space.
Jonny Heyes, of Common, said: “We’ve just celebrated ten years of Common, so it felt like the right time to redevelop the space and take a step forward. We brought on Joe and Peter to create a new vision and direction for the interior, and worked with our entire team to develop and improve every element of the bar from coffee to cocktails.”
Images courtesy of Sebastian Matthes / MANOX for Peter Masters
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