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Project of the Week

Café Polet by Asthetique

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  • Design House: Asthetique
  • Project Name: Café Polet
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Area: 465m²

A new world has come to life in the heart of Moscow. Inspired by sci-fi scenery, mixed with influences of Russian constructivism and brutalism, New York-based studio Asthetique has brought us another fantastic restaurant.

Take a quick tour of the project below.

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The restaurant sits nearby Moscow's old Frunze Central Aerodrome. Although out of use for over 15 years, this positioning inspired a sense of the aeronautical in Asthetique's design concept.

High ceilings, shiny surfaces, silver curtains, glass and monumental objects - including spectacular concrete panelling - all seek to reinterpret the takeoff of an aircraft.

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We wanted to convey energy, speed, strength and dynamism to give the guests an opportunity to experience new emotions.
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Continuing this theme, sleek steel shapes and portholes characterise the entrance (pictured above) making the room look like the cabin of a space shuttle.

These are accompanied by huge silver figures, described as 'ecstasy goddesses', installed on symmetrical columns.

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Clear, but unusual geometry served as an important principle in the creation of this space. We used streamlined shapes, curved lines and asymmetrical angles.

Moving through the restaurant, bold features and themes are balanced with the inclusion of greenery and softly hued furniture.

The Sailormoon dining chairs - part of the Asthetíque Atelier collection - take centre stage in the dining room, chosen in delicate shades to help maximise the dining experience for visitors.

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Dominated by the concrete, glass, and various metals, the material palette of the space reflects ideas of Russian brutalism.

In essence, this material pellet is relatively simple; however, used in such extraordinary ways by the studio, the visual effects are incredibly distinguished.

Through a heightened use of imagination, this restaurant is certainly one to remember.

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