Do our eyes deceive us, or are those wall mounted racks re-employed childrens’ seats from shopping trolleys? Yes, they are, and the list of assorted oddments used by OPA Interior Design at Jacko’s Street restaurant in The Shuk – the increasingly vibrant, market-by-day entertainment-by-night area of Jerusalem – doesn’t end there.
OPA is a duo, and you can the different ideas in evidence at Jacko’s, albeit working well together. Bags, cages and containers fill the front window space, some functional (light fixtures), some decorative. A wall of street signs in distinctive blue and black surrounds the space above the bar. A selection of wines have been sunk into the concrete floor, which also boasts an original tile feature. One wall is utterly battered concrete, the other clad floor to ceiling in neatly painted wood. A great collection of period chairs line the bar and sit at the pale wood tables, inlaid with a faint chessboard grain pattern. Industrial chic fused with old-world deli, this is a collaboration that really works.