A new project of Studio Caché, a London design bureau founded by Tatiana Fokina.

Tatiana Fokina studied in St. Petersburg, after moving to London, she was engaged in construction projects of a large company (among them the Hedonism Wines store, Hide restaurant, Hideaway cafe, The White Horse wine pub), having gained the necessary experience, opened her design studio. 

Рыбный ресторан Tails в Риге

Photo: Madara Gritāne

Tatiana met the owner of Tails Murad Yushko at the opening of the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Riga, and when he found a room for his seventh restaurant in Latvia, Studio Caché received a new order.

Рыбный ресторан Tails в Риге

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”Since we had recently completed a large private house in Jurmala, we had a good work experience in Latvia and a great team on site,” says Tatiana Fokina. 

Рыбный ресторан Tails в Риге

The furniture design and technical drawings were done by Krišjānis Majevskis, Decaso Studio.

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The premises of the restaurant, which is located on one of the main restaurant streets of the quiet center of Riga, according to her, was an ideal “canvas”. High ceilings, a huge number of windows and, accordingly, light, very human, comfortable footage.

Рыбный ресторан Tails в Риге

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The task was to create a restaurant of a new format for Riga — with reference to the fish gastronomic theme, but without standard solutions for establishments of this type. 

The hallmark of the studio are non-obvious, often hidden elements that are not immediately read. When a guest unravels or notices one detail, the whole interior can open up for him from a new side. 

Рыбный ресторан Tails в Риге

Photo: Madara Gritāne

There are many such interior puzzles in the Tails restaurant (“Tails” in English). Hints of fish tails can be seen in the tiles on the walls of the raw bar, in the bends of the bank lamps on the counter and the legs of bar stools. The logo in the form of a tail in the floor separates the two main spaces of the restaurant. 

Рыбный ресторан Tails в Риге

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Another ”hidden” theme is fishing, fishermen, sea wave. The interior of Tails has a huge number of different allusions to networks: from metal grilles covering batteries and communications to lamps made of lobster traps. If a visitor for some reason takes his gaze away from the plate and lifts it to the ceiling, he will also see barely noticeable prints of nets there. 

Рыбный ресторан Tails в Риге

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The wall, inlaid with oyster shells, looks like silver fish scales. Light lamps above the bar are a reference to both sea foam and sparkling wine bubbles. Round mirrors in bathrooms can be perceived as portholes of ships or as water bubbles. 

Рыбный ресторан Tails в Риге

Photo: Madara Gritāne

Many surfaces look as if time, water and wind have left their marks on them. The wooden panels on the windows and the bar, produced by Cube One Studio, are filigree aged. The metal of the reception desk resembles the lining of old fishing vessels. The mirror at the entrance gives additional depth due to the patina. 

Рыбный ресторан Tails в Риге

Photo: Madara Gritāne

All this adds up to a general picture that evokes the sand dunes of the Riga seashore, coastal stones, fresh sea wind. Tatiana Fokina has an almost kindred feeling for the Baltic landscape. “I recently did a DNA test and found out that twenty percent of my genes are from the Baltic States. The calm natural aesthetics of these places are very close to me.” 

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