Vyta Santa Margherita offers the oldest and most traditional products, bread and wine, in one of the most representative places for our society, Central Milan Station, the symbol of Milan’s hectic urban life. ”Through simple products offered by Nature, such as water, wheat and fire, thanks to man’s expert hand, patience and creativity, forms and savours, aromas and flavours have been created for millennia, giving birth to bread and wine, ancient and modern nourishment for humanity.”

This food philosophy was the starting point that inspired the architectural concept. A contemporary look has been reformulated for the most “minimal” products on our tables. It originates from a restraint design and an innovative, cool elegance, the result being a sophisticated minimalism and a formal reduction to the essential.

The project features contrasting materials and colours: oak and corian as representatives of tradition and innovation, an integration of nature and artifice. The juxtaposition of soft oak and black declined in its various material aspects creates an exclusive, theatrical environment, where the warmth of the natural texture is enhanced by the contrast with glossy black surfaces. These come up as corian for the counter and black polymer for all the vertical panels that fold the space like in a treasure chest.

The counter with its soft curved line, is a fluid shape emphasised by a roof made of curved slats, one of the most significant components of the setting, due to the shape and size of its natural oakwood planks that evoke the interweaving of traditional bread baskets.

The wall of the back counter, usually just a functional space, becomes a new form of entertainment through a video wall that reproduces a perpetual movie in slow motion that celebrates the ingredients of the products Vyta-Santa Margherita such as water, wine, olive oil, wheat, flour, mozzarella, tomatoes and fire.

The light system contributes to soft and intimate atmospheres: it diffusely radiates on the counter and enhances the wooden roof by indirect fitting of recessed metal halide light sources Minimal by IGuzzini, it is an eye-catcher on the black wall where the bottles of wine and their history are celebrate like sculptures by the backlit decoration realized milling thickness of slabs, it gets highly technological to celebrate bread and its derivatives through a cluster of LEDs.

The monumental atrium station has been brought down to a human architectural scale, through the creation of technological and custom made umbrellas, made of black metal they are equipped with infrared light with low energy consumption for heating, LED lighting, sound system and an electrical outlet to recharge smartphones and tablets, so that the space has a less monumental and more intimate look and at the same time the ensemble evokes the ancient rite of eating together, a less common practice nowadays, but increasingly necessary in the third millennium’s life.

LOCATION: Central Milan railway station – Milan – Italy
SURFACE AREA: 180 square metres
DESIGN PERIOD: september – november 2013
USE: bakery
FINISHING MATERIALS: Floor: pearl sicilian marble slabs (inside), original decoration in mosaic
and marble (outside); wall: glossy black polymer; ceiling: black painted
plasterboard and curved oakwood slats.
DESIGN TEAM : Daniela Colli architect
CLIENT: Retail food s.r.l.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Matteo Piazza – Milan

Forum Club by Nir Portal Architects

After 25 years of running business and becoming the most legendary club in the desert periphery of Israel, the ‘forum’ had to relocate to new space and to invent itself from the beginning.
Spread over his 2000 sq. /m, the new forum, have become the reason Youngers are driving 1.5 hours from center of Israel to participate in its parties.

Design guidelines instructed us to create a layout and changing atmosphere so the club could host parties, events, and concerts. As per design concerns, it actually meant that we cannot design the club in totally dark space with only lighting fixtures that will create the atmosphere, but to treat it as an high end design cause some of the events will be very lighted.

In order to create hierarchy spaces we have created tribunes rising from ground floor to 1st floor. Thus tribunes serve both party and concert show.it separates crowds and enables unhidden views during thus events, and preform perfectly in case of siting concert.
All railing of tribunes and gallery has led lighting that project thru the glass, creating strong image of layout. A custom made halogen table lamps creates contrast warm lighting.
In club area we planted 16 alcohol bars, all lighted in same way as railing. Above each bar hanged an alcohol display made of steel net and metal frame.

Major club walls covered with osb printed panels. Graphics on panels were designed to bring atmosphere of industrial yet warm atmosphere, thus wall were washed with narrow beam spot light, to create dramatic boundaries to club.
600 led tube are hanged from ceiling, each tube has its own IP address, so all ceiling can act as huge screen controlled by light jokey.

5 meter high moving acoustic screen can divide the space into 4 separate small clubs; each can have its own dj and music.
Except of the main hall, the club has a lot of hidden and more intimate areas, for different kind of hang out. Little love nests, hidden from eyes, is spread all around so lovers can find a quiet corner just to their selves.

name: Forum Club, beer sheva- Israel by Nir Portal Architects
Architects: Nir Portal and Shahar Weiss
Photographer: Guy Franko

‘One’-sushi restaurant by Nir Portal Architects

‘One sushi’, is situated in the heart of very popular hi tech offices area, ramat hachayal, Tel Aviv.
Inspired by clean traditional Japanese design, ‘one’ preserves that tradition.
Elements of design were chosen carefully, layout were drawn minimalistic, colors pallets become monochromatic with a light lemon grass touch.

To follow the breeze of japan culture, origami tradition, we created a dramatic lighting interpretation, preformed as ‘barisol’ stretched lighted ceiling and a suspended custom made light fixture. Materials of lighting simulate the traditional rice paper.

Layout was designed to enable flexible groups and couples sitting, as per office area demands.
Large counter for take away transforms to sharing table by night.

Walls are covered with 3mm thin black porcelain large tiles, divided horizontally with led light panels. Along with the ceiling and origami lighting, thus elements are projected to street and become the atmosphere billboard.
The kitchen and wc entrance view were separated by partition panel, made of metal frame and 2 layers of glass with Japanese natural fabric in between.

Unlighted parts of ceiling were painted in black to achieve infinity feeling.
Wood flooring gives a balanced warmth atmosphere to space.

Architects: Nir Portal Architects & Liat Essig
Photographer: Yoav Gorin
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

source: nirportal.co.il

The old man & the sea by Nir Portal Architects

The Restaurant “The old man & the sea” located in a hangar on the platform of the ancient port of Jaffa, and is spread over an area of 900 square meters. Basis of planning we dealt with was the strict conservation guidelines.

The old man and the sea is an authentic Jaffa food Institute of decades decided to move to a new location-Hangar used by the fishermen of Jaffa and their boats for decades until it was abandoned due to aging and the dangers of it.

As in Poetic justice, the location of a fish restaurant preserves the memory of the owner’s ancestors that their fishing boats were housed in this space in the past.

That and from the search for Jewish-Arab Coexistence plant conceptual design of the place.

The restaurant is intertwined with elements of local Arab architecture but with a twist of a modern concept by using updated finishing materials, for example six arches made of wood instead of stone, as usual. The restaurant floor was paved with authentic concrete tiles as used in Jaffa old houses but instead of décor concrete carpets we created pixel floor with uniform color shades tiles that presents metaphorically the way from Jaffa to Jerusalem.

Degradation to the sea through green forests surrounds Jerusalem.

Sea elements designed in a new vision as fishnet a lamp hanging in the air showing off their loot, only loot is not a fish but a ball of light shining. Another light fixture shaped like a jellyfish floating in the water.

Stringent conservation restrictions not confirmed any contact with the shell structure includes columns and ceilings, so we added a whole floor, free standing, allowing preservation cieling elapse between different spaces Unlimited

The main entrance wall symbolizes the sea and its inhabitants. Waterfall at 4 meter holding 42 fishing boats toes as a ghost boats that emphasize the power of the sea.

The bar is made of wooden planks image of fishing boats hulls, holding rust metal top bar Surface.

The front of the restaurant facing the waterfront, and back is facing the alleys of Old Jaffa, which Allowing the existence of a separate event, far from the hustle of the restaurant. In this context, on the gallery, we have designed private space overlooking the harbor and diners on the ground floor.

Toilets are also located on the gallery, covered with special handmade ceramics simulates turquoise sea scallops.

Restaurant tables, just like bar counter, are simulating side of fishing boat that went thought endless recovers.

Rear bar wall covered zinc with rivets as nailing the side of a ship.

source: nirportal.co.il

Renovate tube house in Hanoi old quarter by Le Minh Hoang

This coffee shop is a newly converted shop and located in the old quarter of Hanoi, where different layers of history has been co-existing for centuries in an unique environment. The chaos and madness of the old quarter is part of Hanoi’s charm and is one of the reason millions of tourist flocked to the city every year. In the past, the original building itself was renovated and fixed several times by different owners, without any professional consultancy and a coherent architectural language. Thus, it is quite difficult to figure out the exact inner structure of the building, because it consists of two separated layers, with load-bearing wall combines concrete frame in a not really reasonable method by the previous owners.

Our designing brief in this case is to maximize the space within the building and exploit thoroughly the commercial advantage of elevation in a special street like this. Especially, there is also an ancient water-well in the bottom of the plan, which needs to be preserved for “feng shui” reason.

The main functions of a coffee take away and fastfood shop are carefully researched to fit in this narrow area. On the 1st floor, beside the kitchen area, the counter is downsized in order to enlarge the lounge area. The original stair is converted into a L-steel structure, facing the main gate. Below this, the “feng shui” water-well is connected to a stone bow, supporting the idea of movable flowing water, not stagnate under the ground. This hand washing station is not only for usage but also act as an art installation, making the shop more welcoming.

On the 2nd floor, all the old internal walls were removed to maximize space, instead additional steel frames has been put on to support the whole structure. Furthermore, a wide screen glass facade was brought in for the elevation; providing an unique view onto the bustling street below.

Considering the style of this shop, we personally quite prefer to mix things up, offering a little bit of industrial vintage with a Scandinavian undertone. A series of random cement tiles was installed in the wall through the gate to the bar upstairs, providing reference to the French colonial heritage that the city is known for. From our point of view, this design could be quite adaptable to the cultural surrounding. Not only does it take notes of the layers of history within the building itself, but it also reflects the contemporary environment of this street, which is becoming more and more international with leading brands from around the world.

Project information
Architect in charge: Le Minh Hoang
Assistant: Nguyen Anh Tuan
Completion date: January 2014
Land area: 50sqm
Project area: 110sqm
Client: Private
Location: Hangbong street, Hoankiem district, Hanoi, Vietnam
Photograph: Il.Capitano

A Café and Resto by Ignitus Architectural Studio

When modern requirements meet with Goth philosophy, it delivers an exquisite blend for the society. This very value has been achieved in this beautiful café. This café cum resto resides in the heart of the Ahmedabad, which also happens to be one of the few posh areas of city.

Nicely done landscape, both dry and green ones guides you to the main door of the café. Once you enter the café through wooden door which is having traditional touch, you enter in the wholly different realm of ambience.

Traditional hangouts conclude a warm fiery one bonfire under the black sky. Black sky, dark surrounding and light of the bonfire engender the preeminent ambience and this very thought inspired us to the design the whole café. We were determined to achieve this ambience in the heart of the city-most impossible place to experience this aura. This concept deciphered our key predicament of finding a concept.

Black walls through floor to ceiling and black ceiling separate you from the city’s hustle and bustle but at the same time give you the feeling of grandness. Black walls along with black ceiling replace the dark sky and surrounding while yellow lights replace the light of bonfire. Furniture is carefully designed keeping the requirements of client in mind and every piece of furniture is made of pinewood except chairs. Chairs are of black polymer but the legs are again made of wood and pinewood adds the value to the ambience with its white tone.

The combination of white furniture with dark walls and dark ceiling turned out to be the masterstroke of the whole commission at the end. Cautiously designed furniture allows the customers to sit and hangout for long hours as they enjoy the surrounding and feel relaxed. One can spend some quality time here regardless the age group.

A small area outside the café has sitting arrangement as well with adequately done landscape. Also this was a unique commission in our practice where the requirements of clients kept changing throughout the design period and execution period. Initially the café was supposed to be designed to attract youth of the society and by the end of the design period they wanted to make it designed for all age group.

Fortunately we could able to fulfill them as now customers of all age group visit the café and spend quality time with their loved ones.

Ignitus Architectural Studio
50/4, L Colony, Nehrunagar Crossroads,
Ahmedabad-380 015
Gujarat, India

source: studioignitus.com

CUPONE by Latitude Studio

Coffee shops, restaurants, libraries and the likes became indubitable extensions of our own place. In this particular occasion, LATITUDE has been commissioned to explore the possibilities of combining the functions of a standard coffee shop settlement with the idea of public visual art.

The space is organized with two floors. The first floor has been opened up by erasing all its façade and, therefore, becoming an extension of the public space. Inside of it, the visitor can find two areas: the come-and-go area (fast) and the relaxing area (slow). The first one is characterized by the use of high tables and chairs next to the service area which is a longitudinal-lighting box wrapped by white glass. The slow area is designed with low tables, and an embedded bench into steel furniture all along the wall. These two areas are divided by a longitudinal-steel furniture which incorporates an orchestrate disposition of mirrors and projectors that will create a visual illusion.

The second floor is featured by its circular shape. This form has been used for the purpose of creating a centric space where lighting plays an identity role.
As a result, the coffee shop transcends the basic function of serving coffee and beverage into a public living room, while provoking visitors to have different emotions with the design of those atmospheres.

YEAR: 2013
TYPE: Commission
CLIENT: Cupone Co., Limited
PROGRAM: 550m2 of coffee shop
CHEIF DESIGNER: Manuel Zornoza
TEAM: Bo Liu, Cherry Fan, Frank Zhan
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: SOK Consulting Service Limited
@LATITUDE STUDIO (www.latitudestudio.eu)

F64 Store – concept Café by Form architecture studio

Description: The concept behind the cafe is a darkroom / developing studio/ photo. We aimed to create a space that would attract photography lovers through details and atmosphere, transporting them to periods from the beginning of photography, its hidden side, agents/chemicals used for developing, crowded working areas, cold and technical spaces. The bar and some of the tables have inbuilt details that serve as references to the process of developing photographs. We’ve altered a series of studio-photo lights turning them into lighting objects and inserting them into the concept cafe. All the furniture, except the chairs, is custom made, concept and design of Form Architecture Studio. The high-tech details of the project, that part that pins the bar into our present times, are a couple of touch-screen tables located in the sitting areas.

Developing an idea – text from the press conference held the night of the opening of F64 Café:


Team: Arch Silviu Gavrila, Arch Ionut Fratila stud, stud Arch Roxana Istrate, Arch Adrian Galu, Arch Oana Gherghisan.

Theme: The making of a concept cafe space of about 100 sqm located inside of the F64 Store (Unirii, Nr. 45, Sector 3, Block E3, section II, Bucharest).

Alaloum Board Game Cafe by Triopton Architects

‘Alaloum” Board Game Cafe is located in Nea Filadelfeia, a suburb in north east of Athens, and addresses board game lovers. According to Triopton Αrchitects, “the very specific function of board gaming inspires and determines the design concept.” The café is developed in two levels of total space of 160 sq.m. The concept behind the café is mainly focusing on preserving and enhancing the strict geometries of the structure, thus creating a welcoming, yet submersive environment influenced by the creative imagination and variegation of a board game.

“Our intention was to create a relaxing atmosphere by using both natural and building materials, adding colour to them, and using contrasts.” One of the dominant features is the game-library, which is made of red steel and wooden boxes and rises prominently to 5.50 meters. Another significant feature is the red metal ladder made of tensile perforated steel grid. The handmade colorful metal lamps, which were designed by the architects for the light requirements, are hanging from bronze water pipes, also stand out. These lighting elements not only satisfy the basic lighting needs but highlight also the building elements and the intense colored decorations on both the walls and the ceilings.

Great emphasis was placed on reusing the pre-existing building materials, which resulted in white-painted brick walls coming in contrast with the raw metal colored lamps and the black-painted ceiling. The concept of the game is emphasized by representations of games on the walls, colorful details on the furniture and the checkerboard floor. The blackboard walls are decorated with vibrant color shapes and are painted in such ways that turn this café into a school classroom evoking childhood memories.

Architectural Design by Triopton Architects | www.triopton.gr
Photos by Dimitris Kleanthis

“Mercado” fast casual restaurant by Carlos Vilar Architect

After plenty of time spent on field in Spain visiting the most popular and successful bars and restaurants from Madrid and Barcelona, I could collect all sort of images and experiences from which I could start designing “MERCADO”. The main goal of this project was to make a high quality design without forgetting the customer´s perspective. It had to be friendly and casual, fresh and comfortable. But also it had to be able to attract people to step into it and generate a unique atmosphere of freedom.

In order to do this the whole project is thought as an “extension” of the street. Therefore a brief example of how we spaniards live outdoors and the relations we create around food, around people. In Mercado restaurant, the customer area works as a multilayered screen to attract pedestrians to step into the restaurant. Elements like the sloped blackboard with recipes and old illustrations, a vintage bar based in old advertisements of Madrid stores, the versatile furniture disposition, the black and yellow tiles on the back of the bar, the steel made shelves on the delicatessen area, etc…All this elements set up a game with the customers, generating an innocent disposition within them which can attract them into the restaurant. Once they are inside there are no restrictions at all, so the customers are featured with the richest gastronomic experience of Spanish delights, deciding whether to eat standing, seated, or simply walking around thinking what is going to be the next bite or drink.

Gdansk, Poland, April 2012

source: Carlos Vilar

Il Forno Restaurants by Plasma

Structures and piping fully exposed, reclaimed wood, concrete and metal in its purest form, with lighting, color and vegetation accents. This composition seeks to high light the beauty of imperfections and the nobility of materials and allows space to become a functional design that facilitates maintenance and makes possible subsequent recycling. The design of the site is an exploration for new ways to give a new look to IL FORNO Restaurants traditional atmosphere.

Architectural and interior design: Plasma Diseño + Juan Camilo Llano
Designteam: Juan Camilo Llano, Alexandra Sánchez, Sebastián Montoya, David Patiño, Juan E. Ballesteros, Javier Gómez, Carlos García
Production: Clara Cuartas + NODO + LOCKER + VIDA ÚTIL + Juan Camilo Gómez
Cliente: La Receta
Location: Primer Parque de Laureles (Barrio Laureles. MDE, COL)
Medellín, Colombia

source: plasma4.com

D-Tales café-bar by Ismini Karali

D-Tales is a new café – bar, just opened it’s doors at the begining of June 2013 and it is situated at Tripolis, Greece. It is also located at the ground floor of a neoclassical building at the central square of the town. The space which consists of a bold concept with immaculate detailing made out of high quality precious warm materials such as oak wood and cooper which when merged together create an essence of luxury. The shadows of the cooper panels blended with the warmth of the wood and they reflect at the mirrors.

The huge, spellbinding ring light is hanging in the middle of the ceiling made out of cooper too.

The gorgeous color palette gives the space a stylish bold moody feel because of the contrast with the blue – emerald paint.

On both sides of the ceiling are placed large mirror panels, mounted at an angle, which reflect the whole place.

Outstanding elements such as the oak bar and extravagant but beautifully designed stands flourishes such as the use of curved mirrors on the columns and the special led lighting to add subtle sparkle, enhanced in the mirrors’ reflection, adding to the overall atmosphere.

This smooth atmosphere of D-Tales café–bar definitely feels like a luxurious and special place to unwind.

source: isminikarali.com

Bo Zen Bar by Central Arquitectos

The challenge proposed was to design a Bar located in a preexisting building whose concept was to create a space with the characteristics of a private living room.

The project explores the creation of a noble and refined place with a strong oriental inspiration. A mixture of noble materials such as marble, wood and gilt metal combined with a palette of warm colors and textured fabrics offers a cozy and comfortable ambient. A monumental hall marks the entrance with a contemporary style and leads to the living room of the bar.

The use of mirrors reflects the ceiling´s delicate decorative and other architectural details of the interior environment. The design of the ceiling comes from a reinterpretation of an oriental motif, standardized by a module that materializes a delicate mesh strongly emphasized by indirect lighting application.

The lighting has been designed to reflect and accentuate the elegance of the space. The bar space transports you to a warm environment where a fascinating blend of traditional and contemporary evocative elements lead the client to a private living room.

Architecture: Central Arquitectos
Location: Av. D. João II, Braga – Portugal
Client: Bô Zen
Finished: 2012
Area: 465 sqm
Photography: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Zoo lounge and club by studioConcepto

The latest renovation and design of Zoo, was a project of the studioConcepto team, a group of young and motivated designers and architects based on the concept that design is not simply a job but an art form. The studio is located across the club in the historic part of the city specializing in Architecture and Interior Design, Renovation and Decoration, providing unique and contemporary designs for hotels, restaurants, bars, offices, retail and residential spaces.

Zoo lounge and club is one of the oldest and most popular night clubs in Nicosia, located at the border line of the commercial part and the historic center of the city in Stasinou Avenue. Zoo occupies the ground level, the 3rd and the 4th floor of a four floor building.

Zoo is divided in Zoo lounge and restaurant bar and Zoo Club. Sharing the same entrance the two spaces were designed for both lounge and clubbing moods.

The lounge that is located on the street level was designed with an Asian minimalistic touch combining straight lines and smooth lighting. Wood is the main characteristic of the place giving a special touch in the ultimate balance of black and white. Custom design installations made of wooden stripes and lighting is reforming the white canvas of the walls.

A custom design lamp, made of 500 pieces of clear round crystal is creating a crystal cloud above the long central bar. Special lighting was designed in order to create reflection effects to the crystals generating a unique atmosphere in the space. The atmosphere created by the new design is perfectly matched with the eclectic cuisine and the exotic cocktails that are served.

With views over the Venetian walls that surrounds the historical center and the new Eleftheria’ s square ( the connecting passage of the two parts of the city, old and new), Zoo Club is the hot spot for the clubbers of the Cypriot capital. Metal structures and black color is the main characteristics of this venue. An eight meter wall covered of white leather panels is found in the center of the space being the background of special lighting effects and projections. The dj’s box is attached on the four level, hanging in the void above the main bar of the third level. A group of chandeliers hanging from the roof skylight are filling the void giving a touch of color and smooth lighting in the dark atmosphere of the club.

source: studioconcepto.net

KNRDY by suto interior architects

Conception as a restaurant: accommodating, but elegant, American style grill restaurant, which focuses on high quality steaks Design concept : using the given characters of the space, bring up the atmosphere of New York restaurants Location: in the heart of Budapest, in the bank district, with plentiful of restaurants, wine bars and cafes Expectations from the client: reflecting the high quality of the restaurant with the visual signs, it should be convincing, living up to the history of the old building,

The base for the design was a high headroom 250 m2 space partly encompassing the inner court of the more than a hundred years old building. The most spectacular of the restaurant is the guest area, it can sit 40 guests, with its great glass portals it allows us to take a look inside. From the street we can see the
cross-sectional view of the restaurant, through from the wardrobe, which is hidden behind the SICIS mosaic wall picturing a city view of New York, until the bar. Before entering we can take the pleasure by seeing the collection of chairs and tables from Tom Dixon, the red bar chairs designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and the classic lights by Artemide Tolomeo unusually placed above the leather benches.

Straight after stepping in we can take a look at the selection of meat displayed in the glass cabinet, then choose the ones for our taste to be prepared for our meal. Behind a glass wall, in the display kitchen, we can follow the professional work of the international chef team and the high tech oven glowing at 800 Celsius. In the kitchen everywhere are acid-proof surfaces, strong lighting and spotless cleanness.
The counterpoints of the light coming through the wide shop windows are the black and dark grey wall surfaces and the dark materials. The contemporary furniture look more elegant in front of the plastered white and brick walls, which are slackly left at their original states, as the lights are more extraordinary directed on them.

The unique atmosphere is created by the consciously used L iron structure through the whole of the restaurant. The functions of it however are different. Somewhere it is used just as decoration at other places as a holding structure. It is an emphasized element of the design, running from the wardrobe to the bar. We can discover the strong featured black iron straps on nearly all of the wall surfaces. Most dominantly on the restaurant’s central wall, as a fence in front of the photo of a New York fire
escape. The designers intensified the special, a little bit industrial feeling, with the unique geometric wooden suspended ceiling above the guest area. It is beautiful and it also has its functions to hide the ventilation equipments and provides possibility to fix the lighting.

The warm but clear oak parquet is surrounded by Mirage Herritage collection of gres tile surfaces bringing back the atmosphere of age old abbeys. Lights: precisely selected moderate ball lights. Somewhere one by one and somewhere placed in a group, completing with the more extreme Foscarin – Diesel rubber suspensions. It seems as they light the place without any effort. Their forms are just as important as their functions. They are the perfect visual elements. The nicest example of all is the Chasen by Patricia Urquiola in the hallway of the washrooms and the huge Tolomeo floor lamp shining at the entrance in front of the glittering mosaic wall. The restaurant awaits its guest with a bistro milieu, where chairs, upholstered benches and tables could be varied in many combinations.

KNRDY – american steakhouse and bar in budapest
interior design: suto interior architects
sqm: 250 m2
designed in 2012
built in 2012
photos: zsolt batar and balazs glodi

DK Club by Ismini Karali

DK Club is the new project of Interior Architect – Creative Director, Ismini Karali, a small but outstanding place at the Old Port of Chania, Crete, Greeece. It is part of a renown chain of stores of two successful, local entrepreneurs: Kyriakos Papasifakis – George Kanatakis. Housed in an old shipyard, the building is very strange, one oblong shaped tunnel with two entrances, but with a great view at the old harbor. The aim of the Designer, was primarily to use the existing architectural form & the historical traces of time upon the building, but given through a new look, that could create the appropriate environment for a modern place of entertainment. The use of light was of great importance and the place really transformed from an old shipyard to a lively hot spot of the town.

photo: blog.naver.com

Innuendo Restaurant Ceiling Installation by Bluarch Architecture

The New York based architectural office Bluarch was founded by Antonio di Oronzo in 2004 and has created many projects focused on innovation and excellent technological solutions since then. Recently, they completed a ceiling installation for the restaurant Innuendo in Port Washington. The installation draws from a combination of fractal geometry combined with topology. Resulting three dimensional ceiling montage resembles clouds made of smaller particles flowing fluidly around the space.

An integrated LED lighting amplifies the visual experience and sets the atmosphere of the whole room by its variable colour tone. The walls are clad in cherry veneer. A stripe of mirror in the wooden wall serves as an interesting element integrating the spatial perception.

photos: retaildesignblog.net

3Sixty cafe by Isminikarali design

It is located on the ground floor of a neoclassical building of 1836 in the historic city center.

The renovation of the building lasted nearly a year and houses -except for the 3Sixty café at the ground floor – and a boutique hotel in the near future. The concept of the interior design is the result of the creative thinking of the Interior Architect, Ismini Karali.

Respecting the building’s history and distinctive architectural features, she composed a metropolitan style with timeless connotation, but from which no lacking inventiveness and artistic sense.

References to the architectural movements of the last century that marked the urban construction in large cities are described in huge graphic of the roof of buffet. But the reminder that out on the road, left the building, once the visitors of the house tied up the horses was the addition of black and white photographs of horses in spectacular boiserie, on the walls.

On the right, is the hall where is a large bar with impressive wine cellar and two inscriptions on the walls of the other side, indicate the importance of one’s imagination to people’s life, by continuing to write with a startling way from the wall on the roof: “A colorful pencil long enough to draw at the ceiling “.

The other sign stands next to the doorknob “hand-le” a knob created by Naomi Thellier de Poncheville, and speakingabout the endless optimism of those who believe that the obstacles are nothing more than disguised opportunities.

The black lights Giant 1227, exalted above the tables of the lobby, for the first time in bracket version, specially designed for this space by the company Anglepoise.. The kitchen raised and covered with black glass that reduces the volume of its construction, so the stuff can monitor the traffic in the hall from the rectangular opening in front of the construction.

The six mirrors on the wall of the living room with red embraces and concealed lighting and the wooden iris pendant lights, give a ton of tension and drama give a ton of theatrical tension and drama in space. The presence of the black fireplace by focus at the corner of the living room and the black chimney that goes up at the elaborate wooden ceiling, directs an intimate environment with a strong character that he cannot leave anyone unmoved.

Design Challenges: The old building at the number of 26 at Papanikolaou Street, at the historical city of the first capital of Greece, craved for a generous renovation. We had to start from the basement where we found the sea level under the old floor. Than after this, order had the decayed walls of the first floor and the overall supporting of the roof.

But beyond the construction difficulties, the biggest challenge was to invent a design that succeeds to meet two basic requirements: to respect the historic character and strict building regulations of the city that will host it and the same time to be modern without resorting to easy gimmicks. Even, perhaps most importantly of all requests were to succeed to have a strong artistic style without to be a barrier to its function as a lounge and winebar.

Design Results: Respecting the building’s history and its distinctive architectural features, we composed a metropolitan style with timeless connotation, but from which no lacking inventiveness and artistic sense.

source: isminikarali.com