Syrena Irena is situated in an early Nineteen Fifties constructing within the centre of town that initially functioned as a resort cafe.
Apart from handmade boiled pierogi, the restaurant’s “cheerful and sincere” menu comprises traditional Polish dishes from the 50s and 60s comparable to bitter rye soup and herring in flax and hemp oil, which have been up to date for contemporary tastes.
So as to add to the homely and informal environment, Projekt Praga created an inside with a self-service set-up that makes use of mid-century design references to pay homage to each the constructing’s structure and the bistro’s nostalgic menu.
Specifically, Projekt Praga mentioned it selected particulars, shapes and supplies related to the “prudent design” of Poland’s communist period.
The terrazzo-style tabletops with their easy black bases have been customized made, as have been many of the metallic components within the house.
Bar counters have been powder-coated in daring colors to enhance the constructing’s authentic Nineteen Fifties wall mouldings and arches.
A big window on the entrance of the restaurant permits passersby to look at the cooks at work – kneading, stuffing and folding the pierogi.
Within the afternoon, solar shines by the home windows and illuminates the eating room, whereas neon lights convey the house to life within the night.
The color scheme mixes aquatic blue with pink, peach and coral tones in keeping with the restaurant’s mermaid-themed branding, which was developed by Polish graphic design company Mamastudio and illustrator Ola Sadownik.
Each this and the restaurant’s title, Syrena Irena, are a nod to Syrenka Warszawska – the mermaid that acts as an emblem for town of Warsaw and will be present in its coat of arms, in addition to on monuments and buildings all through the capital.
“The alternating character of Syrena Irena gave us an opportunity to make use of geometrical varieties and colors,” defined Projekt Praga.
“The classical aesthetic of the present house was balanced by much less profound options like wall drawings, railings imitating a mermaid scale sample and distinctive neon indicators,” the studio added.
“Regardless of this duality within the bistro’s persona, assorted particulars like neon indicators, lettering and murals all come collectively harmoniously.”
At Mamastudio’s suggestion, Projekt Praga used a monochrome print of Ulysses and the Sirens – an oil portray created by English artist Herbert James Draper in 1909 – to cowl two of the partitions.
The restaurant’s illuminated signeage was designed in collaboration with native artisan Jacek Hanak, who’s liable for reviving most of the metropolis’s outdated neon lights.
“We have been influenced by the aesthetics of the jazzy Warsaw of the Sixties when this a part of city was a vibrant vacation spot for night time owls and barflies,” mentioned Mamastudio of the restaurant’s branding.
“There have been brilliant neon indicators, music was in all places, vibrant artsy varieties and thrilling power. With that, we determined that the mermaid emblem ought to bear resemblance to a retro cut-out. The typography is expressive and barely clumsy on objective.”
Different dumpling eating places featured on Dezeen embody a bao restaurant in Valencia that was designed to resemble a sundown and a small Chinese language eatery in New York, the place stainless-steel, brass and polycarbonate are mixed to create a futuristic inside.
The pictures is by PION studio except in any other case said.