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33rpm Munich

Faltenbacher & Smola as Interior Architects

A new bar within a long-established hotel in Munich-Haidhausen makes a bold statement. Named 33rpm, for the rotary speed of a vinyl LP, the bar features a 19-meter u-shaped counter made of decorative concrete in combination with burnished brass, where old vinyl LPs are incorporated. Furniture upholstered by hand with cord, industrial steel and floral wallpaper add material warmth and comfort to the design. 

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For its reopening, a long-established hotel in Munich-Haidhausen was glammed up including a new bar. Here, it is all about music and old vinyl LPs – this is evident as the name of the restaurant is 33rpm, the rotary speed of a vinyl LP.

The constructional challenge was to creatively link the hotel area and the restaurant, which was mainly accomplished with a consistent wall design and matching materials. Once you enter the hotel through the main entrance, the reception is located on the left-hand side. Here, one can also find a detached bar made of decorative concrete in combination with burnished brass, where old vinyl LPs are incorporated. 

On the right-hand side is a small seating area to function as waiting zone, on the other side is a lounge area. The lounge area serves well as breakfast room, café and for drinks late at night. The upholstered furniture in the lounge area is handmade. The furniture covered with cord, industrial steel and a floral wallpaper create warmth and comfort. The spacious bar completes the interior design and is the center of attention.

The ultimate goal was to create and build a bar which is without equal. The decision to place the 19-meter-long, U-shaped counter right in the middle of the room was disputed and bold, but it turned out to be the right decision. As the serving of prime drinks is of great priority, in the back of the premise one can find special exhibits stored in 6-meter-long shelves to function as an eyecatcher. The back wall is again made of cord, the front is made of burnished brass and the LED lighting emphasizes the quality once more.


Villeroy & Boch AG as Manufacturers

33rpm –33 revolutions per minute: this isn't just the speed of an LP when being played, but also the name of a trendy bar on Stubenvollstrasse in Munich where vinyl records take centre stage – from the cocktails to the menu through to the interior design and guest toilets, which are fitted with sanitary ware from Villeroy & Boch.

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A stylish bar celebrates good old vinyl records


“33rpm” does not only refer to the rotational speed of music records but is also the name of one of the trendiest bars in Munich. In this hotspot, everything evolves around 1970s music and fashion – from the cocktail names to the menu through to the interior design. The bathrooms are also designed in a retro style and fitted with eye-catching sanitary products from Villeroy&Boch.



The interior of the bar was designed by Michael Faltenbacher, a Munich-based restaurateur and interior designer. The record theme is reflected in every small detail: coat hooks that look like 45 rpm record inserts, a bar shelf with record-size holes as well as tables and lamps with grooves. Dark green sofas, bar stools and chairs with cord covers, floral textile wallpaper and a long brass bar with LPs embedded in the front round off the modern vintage look and create a relaxed atmosphere.



The vintage concept is even reflected in the bathrooms, which are equipped with sparkling sequins on the walls, asymmetrical mirrors, dark colours and sharp contrasts. Circular surface-mounted washbasins from Villeroy&Boch’s Artis collection in black and white ceramics perfectly pick up the record theme. Vinyl lovers will even be surprised by the special taps and fittings: viewed from above, the spout of the matt black Cult standpipe looks like the tonearm of a record player. Three black, radar-controlled urinals from the Subway collection, ViConnect flush plates made from grey glass and white rimless toilets are additional eye-catchers. The accessible bathroom area is equipped with a special, yet stylish washbasin and toilet from Villeroy&Boch’s O.novo Vita range.

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