“Fantastic Bar Alto”

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For Bar Alto 2011, we invited Maurizio Stochetto, owner of Bar Basso in Milan, to come over and teach us how to prepare Negronis… Negroni is basically 1/3 of Campari, 1/3 of Martini and 1/3 of Gin—it’s a variant of the Americano, invented by the Count of Negroni who wanted something a little stronger…

Invited designers:
Invited designers:
Maria Jeglinska
Loris & Livia
Use Dev Org
Tomas Alonso
• Nitzan Cohen, Lars Frideen
• Max Frommeld
Harry Thaler
Chiara Onida
Michael Marriott

Given the number of smiles on our visitors face, we think we managed to bring a bit of the Milanese spirit to London! In the meantime, our now-cocktail-expert friends who helped us behind the bar managed to create the American-eto specially for DesignMarketo!

The amazing space as well as the large table were designed by Harry Thaler; we had one piece of each the commissioned glasses publicly accessible on the table and the remaining glasses on a high shelves.

Bar Alto 2011

Our Bar Alto 2011 limited edition tumblers were commissioned to Maria Jeglinska, Loris & Livia, Use Dev Org, Tomas Alonso, Nitzan Cohen, Lars Frideen, Max Frommeld, Chiara Onida and Michael Marriott and the Bar Alto apron has been designed by Ally Capellino, exclusively for us!
Most of the glasses are currently sold out! We are however taking orders for a second special edition…

For the 2011 London Design Festival, DesignMarketo presented Bar Alto, a new pop up bar, shop and workshop event which took place on Redchurch street during the 2011 festival. As a direct reference to Milan’s famous Bar Basso (visited by many designers during the Salone del Mobile), DesignMarketo offered its London public a variety of specially selected brews and cocktails, including the famous Negroni. We also teamed up with our friend Harry Thaler who, as an established visitor of Bar Basso, has designed DesignMarketo’s Bar Alto!

DesignMarketo friendly staff was serving you a new exclusive beer launched at Bar Alto, the Bethnal Pale Ale from Redchurch Brewery, as well as Negroni cocktails in the most authentic tumbler one can find: Duralex. All our memories of school’s canteen were surfacing when we asked our friends to use the Duralex vessel to design some new experiences in drinking. If you have been lucky you will have met Maurizio, actual owner of the Bar Basso in Milan, who was paying us a visit—hopefully you managed to convince him to prepare you a Negroni—if not, we hope to soon have him with us for yet another Bar Alto! Ally Capellino, almost our neighbour during this week, has designed our aprons and they are on sale at her shops and our website now, after being displayed and sold at Bar Alto.


We were really happy to discover we were amongst some of the London Design Festival picks on:
the What Where When, Spoonfed and Disegno; a few nice feature / report on Core77, Tank Magazine / Because London and Abitare—and countless smiles!


See you soon for the next Bar Alto!

Pictures © 2011 London Events Photography for DesignMarketo


Londonewcastle — www.londonewcastle.co.uk Duralex — www.duralex-int.com Ally Capellino — www.allycapellino.co.uk IconDesignTrail — www.iconeye.com CellarTrends — www.cellartrends.co.uk RedChurch Beer — www.theredchurchbrewery.com