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Project of the Week

Coréen by Studio Gizzem Cinar

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  • Design House: Studio Gizzem Cinar
  • Project Name: Coréen Korean Restaurant
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Area: 110m²

Merging contemporary German dining with an Asian sense of hospitality, Studio Gizzem Cinar have recently created a warm, welcoming Korean eatery in the centre of Berlin.

Taking its inspiration from South Korean cherry blossoms the space is unsurprisingly soft, fresh and fun.

Take a quick tour of the project below.

The space takes it's inspiration from the South Korean cherry blossom.
The space takes it's inspiration from the South Korean cherry blossom.

The site, located in the heart of Berlin Mitte, offered a promising starting point for the project. Ceilings that reach almost 4 meters high, and large windows that flood the space with natural light, provided the perfect ingredients for a wonderfully bright, inviting atmosphere.

A warm, welcoming space full of fresh and surprising design features.
Large plants and an Asian-inspired light installation adds interest to the space.
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Large plants and an Asian-inspired light installation adds interest to the space.

To complement the existing architectural features of the space, the design studio, used a light, 'cherry-blossom' colour scheme throughout the venue. The light pink of the walls is broken up by richer ruby toned banquette seating which lines the parameter of the restaurant.

Building on this, the designers also introduced large green plants and an eye-catching installation of Asian-inspired lamps, to create a soft yet striking visual centre-piece that would "capture the attention of onlookers".

The white tiled bar acts as a communal centre-piece.
The white tiled bar acts as a communal centre-piece.

Despite the array of exciting features, the pièce de résistance of the restaurant is the bar. Covered in what seems to be a blanket of white tiles, the bar is minimal yet engaging. It also serves a role in bringing people together to communicate and enjoy the space.

With a similar purpose in mind, big communal tables feature throughout the restaurant.

Coréen is carefully crafted to welcome its visitors with generosity, at any time of day.
Wood, velvet and rattan materials all help to create a feeling of comfort.
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Wood, velvet and rattan materials all help to create a feeling of comfort.

Tactility, and the use of material was also a critical consideration to the designers.

Rattan stools, wooden surfaces and warm velvet are all used to reinforce a feeling of comfort, softness and ease.

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