Bulka Cafe and Bakery by Crosby Studios, Moscow – Russia
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Mrs. Pound is divided into two main spaces with yin and yang aesthetics: the lower dining area is all about feminine glamour through the use pink leather banquettes, mirrored marquee lights, pink patterned chinese tile and delicate gold accents, while the upper dining area features an opposite counterpoint through the use of diagonal concrete panels, green floor tiles, green bar stools and striking neon artwork.
The section of the dining area located behind the aluminium facade features faceted interior walls, forming the maximum contrast to the existing interior design of the hut and establishing a dialogue between the smaller-scale, traditional sectioned wooden elements and the large-scale geometric aluminium surfaces.
Conceptually, the design recalls the long history of the Vietnamese street food scene, where bánh mi is often served curbside amid the hustle and bustle of the urban fabric, and melds that with a more modern and urban street vibe consistent with Market Street’s flurry of street cars, buses, bicycles, and automobiles.
The site itself is devoid of any sunlight, openings, or views to the exterior. It could feel claustrophobic so we spun this by re-directing your attention inward and holding it captive through the various design elements. We addressed this first and foremost with a lighting strategy with different mood settings for lunchtime and evening diners.
Elegant ceiling lights, bar lighting using old Edison lightbulbs, and chairs from the Swiss manufacturer Horgenglarus, link new and old, which gives the dining area a special charm. The custom made counter with its graphic design, is made of rough-hewn oak with a tin sheet counter-top, and this forms the centrepiece of the restaurant.
The recycled wood pieces are reshaped and used to decorate the red bricks, presenting a mottled color wall, coupled with charcoal that has been used in previous stores, demonstrating the image and characteristics of yakiniku (Japanese BBQ). Therefore, the design integrates simplicity and complexity, traditional and contemporary methods to showcase a rich and colorful landscape.