Tosca restaurant by Blue Sky Hospitality, Baku – Azerbaijan

April 15th, 2012 by retail design blog

The latest culinary destination to open on Baku’s main boulevard facing the Caspian Sea, Tosca is a vibrant interpretation of coastal Italian lifestyle within an urban setting. A unique dining environment created by hip London creative studio Blue Sky Hospitality, the venue offers a vast range of experiences spread over 2,200 SqM of internal and external dining space. With a daily average of over 470 customers, the concept has proven to be a roaring success and is already a solid fixture on the local social scene.

Tosca has been conceived as a stylish, modern trattoria with theatrical features such a gelateria, a pasticceria, an espresso bar, a wine bar and a dynamic show kitchen with wood-fired oven and charcoal grill. The large exterior terrace planted with dozens of mature fig, olive and cypress trees has been a local meeting place for decades.

Today the scene has been updated with theatrical lighting, a limoncello bar and an ice-cream cold stone station where a virtuoso chef blends to order seasonal flavours, nuts and fruits on an iced marble slab for the entertainment of local families and visitors.

The brand identity, scenography and interior design have been created and developed in the smallest detail by acclaimed creative director Henry Chebaane and his Blue Sky hospitality team, one of the foremost experiential design studio in the world. They took inspiration from the olive groves, fig orchards and Sangiovese vineyards of the Tuscan coast and Umbrian countryside to create a scheme of vibrant greens and warm reds, honey-coloured burr elm joinery, walnut timber floors and aged pewter ceiling.

The lighting scenography infuse the space from warm gold in the morning to vibrant green accents in the afternoon and deep red hues in the evening, creating a changing and sophisticated environment at all hours of the day.

The exciting dining space includes several culinary retail units clad in an unusual combination of shimmering bronze glass mosaics and warm white linen Corian. Nautical warehouse lighting, tins and jars of imported grocery and aromatic herbs contribute to the congenial, laid-back atmosphere of this very successful culinary emporium.

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