Ninetynine creates chipboard interior
for Amsterdam's Mash bar


Dutch design studio Ninetynine has lined the entire interior of one of Amsterdam's smallest bars with boards made from compressed strips of wood (+ slideshow).

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

At just 32 square metres, Mash is one of the smallest bars in Amsterdam, so the designers used materials that would create a cosy atmosphere.

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

"The space is not only small but has a very low ceiling as well. We wanted to create a bar that's cosy with just a bunch of friends but also spacious and functional when it's packed," Ninetynine's Jeroen Vester told Dezeen.

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

Ninetynine used oriented strand board (OSB) – a kind of engineered chipboard made from compressed wooden flakes – to cover walls, ceilings and built-in furniture.

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

"We decided to wrap everything except the floor in the same material, so the cabinets, seating blocks, tabletops, and shelves for the glasses aren't distinct from each other," said Vester.

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

OSB has become increasingly popular for shops and bar interiors, with recent examples including a fashion boutique in Iceland, a shoe shop in Germany and a cafeteria in Japan.

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

"The material is very affordable, and interestingly although it feels cheap when you can see the edges, when the shapes are constructed with mitred corners, it feels much more high quality. The wood flakes give it a nice subtle feel and the colour adds warmth to the space," added the designer.

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

The wooden boards also hide beams and columns, air conditioning ducts and the sound-system.

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

Incandescent bulbs hangs above the bar, all at different heights, creating a lighting installation that highlights the specialist range of beers and spirits that Mash sells, aiming to make the bar the focal point of the space.

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

The surrounding area is relatively dark, creating intimate seating corners lit only by spotlights in the ceiling.

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

The bar consists of two parts: a stainless steel segment that contains the operational functions, and a floating white tabletop. "Standing with four friends around the bar gives an intimate kitchen-table feel," explained Vester.

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

According to the designer, the bar is the only piece of independent furniture in the space which helps create an illusion of space.

"All the other functions are carved out of the walls, creating shapes that function as seating, tables and shelving," he said. "Not having any loose furniture takes away the size reference and makes the space look larger than it is."

Mash bar Amsterdam by ninetynine

Photography is by Ewout Huibers.

  • Valère

    The colour adds warmth to my garage as well, then.

  • Nick Slater

    I like the spin they put on oriented strand board sheathing. “Compressed strips of wood”. “Wooden flakes”.

  • Nick

    I understand that it’s very popular at the moment to use this material (OSB) for furniture and interiors, but it looks cheap to me. Speaking as someone who worked for months at a desk made of OSB, it’s not overly nice to touch (particularly the edges, which flake and splinter quickly) and is annoyingly uneven.
    Still, each to their own. Plus the client will have saved a fortune!

  • Benoit Balz

    Hate to come in as a “hater” here, but… It amazes me that design outlets like Dezeen keep running projects with exposed OSB. The stuff is a toxic off-gassing disaster. It is gnarly and stinky to work with, giving off a strong formaldehyde-like glue stench. Would never install it in any place I’d want to live or work.

    Plus, is not really very water-resistant and tends to suck in liquid and “blow up” and flake off. I suppose it is relatively cheap and some people like the “look” but it is most certainly not a “green” or smart solution, especially for exposed interiors. I used it almost 20 years ago as an exterior sheeting material on stick frame houses, and the idea was to cover it as soon as possible with housewrap and an exterior finish material. I was mildly shocked when I saw it used for furniture and very shocked when its green-ness was touted. So?

    Again, opinions are like you-know-whats, but I can’t help but chime in mine whenever I see that dreaded material portrayed in a design porn situation.

  • Jack Woodburn

    Sorry, ugly is still ugly. I wonder what the odor is like in that dungeon?