Initially opened in 1935, the VDNKh exhibition park eventually evolved into the biggest testament of glorious economic achievements in the Soviet era, and it remains one of Moscow‘s most popular entertainment destinations to this very day. Today, VDNKh is an expansive complex comprising of 500 structures, including 49 pavilions which have been officially marked as a cultural landmark. It’s at Pavilion 34, better known as the Kosmos or space pavilion, where local design icons and twin sisters Olga and Irina Sundukova a.k.a. the Sundukovy Sisters have transformed the setting of a kids eatery from boisterous and boring, to playful and fun. The building in which Kosmos Kafé is situated, is similar to all other 48 pavilions at VDNKh, and was initially erected to impress and ooze national pride, and as such, it boasts with marble floor and groin-vaulted ceilings.
Although the latter elements have been retained – as said, the building is a protected cultural icon – the original look and feel have been heavily tweaked by way of a Memphis Group-inspired renditions and colour scheme. Large columns have been guised and now form elegant arches decorated with whimsical graphics. Keeping matters theme-related, extra-terrestrial objects have been suspended, but also through the eye-catching MirrorSlav, a shiny life-size statue. Furnishings come in playfully shaped tables and cone-shaped stools in a variety of decorations, in addition to benches and chairs, some with a transparent backrest. Kosmos Kafé‘s menu is supervised by local chef Sergey Markin, and lists a wide range of simple yet tasty, ranging from freshly made soups and salads, to hamburger with fries, pizza and gourmet dishes such as salmon with broccoli and roast beef.
Designed Olga & Irina Sundukova / Sundukovy Sisters
Images © Sundukovy Sisters
Photography: Vasiliy Khourtine