Inspired by the retro 50s, the MicroBox karaoke bar designed by Vick Vanlian features a contrast of styles where the authentic feel of Vanlian‘s design DNA is expressed in combination with a mixture of vintage, urban, futuristic and pop. The latest addition to the main vibrant strip in Jounieh, a coastal city in Beirut, Lebanon renowned for its beachfront hotels and lively night scene, MicroBox fits right into its location.
“When designing MicroBox, we respected and paid special attention to the old architecture,” says Vanlian. “By preserving the old stone arches and playing on the contrast of styles, we successfully brought this space to life and added a fun and modern twist.”
Upon entering the bar, the lighting strips suspended from the ceiling instantly catches your attention. “These are salvaged vintage microphones turned upside down and used as the main lighting element of the interior,” say the designer. “Microphones are also used on the main door as handles, giving visitors the rush to sing as soon they enter the bar.”
As a homage to the original pop stars, vintage televisions that were collected from all over Lebanon were also used as one of the main designs featured on the facing wall of the entrance. “For this space, I opted for pop art and action figures to add a dynamic, interactive, and out-of-this-world experience to the bar.”