A new Zoe brasserie appeared on Pokrovka, the interior of which seemed to have been formed for centuries.
There are quite clear associations with the word “brasserie”: a cozy space, Viennese chairs, an abundance of tables for noisy companies, a lot of decor that the cafe has acquired over the years. The interiors of such establishments (and the menu) have not changed for centuries, so for visitors everything is familiar and familiar, like at home.
Brasseries from the XIX century were the favorite places of poets, musicians and artists who sat here for hours. Therefore, the designers of the Archpoint bureau – Valery Lizunov, Ekaterina Ageeva, Yuri Kolesnikov – decided to recreate that creative atmosphere in the institution and create a sense of brasserie with history.
But it was important not to overdo it. “The customer wanted a cozy, but modern brasserie, so that it felt authentic and had the opportunity to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Belgium. But nevertheless, it should not be strictly vintage and classic”” says Ekaterina Ageeva, designer and CEO of Archpoint.
A cafe was previously located in the historical building on Pokrovka, so there were no serious planning alterations. The designers have preserved the walls and the kitchen area, the only thing is that they cleaned part of the ceiling, opening the old wooden floors.
Two walls were covered with plaster with a relief texture resembling a mud hut, which added light and space to the room. A part of the wall adjacent to the bar was laid out with terracotta tiles, and a ceramic inscription Zoe Brasserie was placed on it. And the floor was decorated with white-red concrete tiles with a round pattern, made to order at the Luxemix factory.
In the interior, the designers used classic brasserie elements – bright accents, wood, tiles, vintage, but in a new reading. So, with large stained glass crystal chandeliers, modern minimalistic lamps & Tradition are adjacent, the floral print on the wallpaper does not look outdated, and the wicker chairs are made according to current patterns.
All brasserie furniture of different styles and shapes: you can sit in upholstered armchairs, sofas, wicker chairs or high bar stools from the Polish company Paged. Due to the eclecticism, there is a feeling that the interior has been created for a long time by several generations of owners.
The main element of the brasserie – the bar – is decorated with wood and decorated with a neon inscription “the bar” under the ceiling. The illuminated back wall echoes the shiny taps and brass on the mirror frames and the fancy door handle at the entrance. And also – with a brass sculpture in the form of a stretching cat, which was executed by Denis Stritovich.
The brasserie also has two marble and tinted glass bar counters. On one of them, a sink was placed in the center of the hall, which can be used for its intended purpose or as an ice cooler for bottles. Another interesting detail is a chandelier above one of the racks, resembling a bouquet of dried flowers. It is complemented by tubs with plants hidden under the ceiling behind metal grids.
“We probably made a little more emphasis than the customer originally wanted, but he liked our solution”” says Ekaterina. Definitely, now visitors will have something to look at during long gatherings over a cup of coffee or a mug of Belgian beer.