Facing the majestic Kudrinskaya Square Building, a Stalinist neo-gothic building in central Moscow, Big Wine Freaks is a new champagne & wine bar by Real Authentic Wine, Russian purveyor of natural, biodynamic and rustic wines, who values intention to insert the venue’s sentimental charm with modern enthusiasm.
Designed by Italian architect Sabrina Bignami and Alessandro Capellaro’s practice b-arch studio, Big Wine Freaks – the wine bar is an residence of bohemian charm that opposes an metropolitan vibe with a vintage, luxurious taste to evoke the 90s laissez-faire, anything-goes environment of post-Soviet Russia or, as Bignami explains it, “sexy chaos between people and music”.
‘The project’s philosophy is a cultural mix between a club atmosphere and the Russian traditions, done in a contemporary way.’ says practice co-principal Sabrina Bignami.
Walking into Big Wine Freaks you are engulfed in an energizing mélange of contradicting textures.
Timber ceilings of modest wood, metallic ceiling ducts, flashed brick walls and blue concrete panels provide a severe and dark environment for the more luxurious, rich textures and vivacious colours of the velvet-clad chairs, the elongated corner sofa by Blå Station and the silk rugs by Jan Kath that enhance both the floors and walls in an absorbed floral pattern—the latter a nod to the Russian custom of hanging rugs for decor.
The rebellious bohemian aesthetic of Big Wine Freaks is enhanced by a various part of idiosyncratic light fittings that holds a dazzling brass chandelier, custom designed in the design of a suspended ring in the center of the space, dramatic spotlights roughcasting mesmerizing projections.
Placed in the same building and created by b-arch studio in the same complex way of chic sentimentality and metropolitan grittiness, Real Wine Salon is a wine showroom that also functions as an individual events space, ideally complementing the wine bar area next door.