The bar, a temporary build, with a floor area size of 153 sq. m and a height of over 6 metres was completed on 17th September 2017 and opened for 5 days of the exhibition. The central meeting point feature at the exhibition was inspired by The Great Exhibition of 1851 which was held at Crystal Palace.
''Inspired by a key moment in design history, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the farther backward we look, the farther forward we are likely to see. In the spirit of international collaboration and scenic stage design we will create a contemporary interpretation of a glasshouse infused with graphic pattern, luxe detailing and curiosities.'' the creator of the concept Shalini Misra stated.
At either end of the bar hung two tall voile 'drops', a theatrical interpretation of the monochrome lithographs of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. The central floating canopy was made in plush ruby red velvet, under which the bar operated. A stunning crystal chandelier manufactured by Clartés cascaded a fountain of crystal above the bar and a series of exquisitely wallpapered screens depicted scenes of international travel and industry.
Creatively designed motifs, lush velvet fabrics, ironwork and delightful Victorian finishes all worked together to bring plush old world luxury to a modern exhibit. A series of tall palms, ferns and smaller potted plants brought life and vitality to the luxurious meeting areas.The Champagne Bar offered luxurious comfort in a unique, historically relevant setting.