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River's flow translated into the restaurant design in Poznan Poznań / Poland / 2022

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One of Poznań's most iconic addresses comes back into the spotlight in all its old-times beguiling glory! The landmarked building of River Baths has recently become a home for the OT.WARTA restaurant, whose interior reflects the investor’s passion and vision translated into design language by mode:lina™ studio.


“The overall colour palette and textures chosen for this particular space correspond with the flow of the Warta river running just outside the windows. The choice of accessories and design details, on the other hand, is a modern and stylish bow towards the building’s pre-war genius loci” 


– the lead designer Anna Kazecka-Włodarczyk explains.


The restaurant’s interior design rests on surprisingly raw materials: industrial stained concrete flooring and fiber-cement roofing sheets (commonly known as eco-waves). Their washed-out greyness is broken by natural wood together with built-in furniture and curtains in subdued green.   


The most essential and, simultaneously, most noticeable feature of the restaurant is a cylindrical bar in front of the entrance, finished with golden details and a fluted siding wall in contrasting black. The bar canopy, made of perforated metal sheet, is echoed as circular ceiling lamps: a gesture towards traditional plafonds. Circular lights installed on the corrugated fiber-cement walls cast shadows that create a mesmerizing wave effect. Another vital element of restaurant decor, aimed at deflecting the somehow elongated shape of its interior, is patinated elliptical mirrors.


Pieces of classic furniture from bent wood and rattan that evoke the pre-war restaurant ambience, cognac leather upholstery, stone countertops, and subtle green tones offer a stylish complement to the overall design. With everything bathed in a warm and cosy light, the restaurant becomes a place that is at once exclusive and informal. 


Before the war, River Baths could host as many as five thousand people daily! Today, as they seem to have regained their pre-war shape and class, opening a new restaurant in this place is no less than a perfect cherry on top.

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    One of Poznań's most iconic addresses comes back into the spotlight in all its old-times beguiling glory! The landmarked building of River Baths has recently become a home for the OT.WARTA restaurant, whose interior reflects the investor’s passion and vision translated into design language by mode:lina™ studio. “The overall colour palette and textures chosen for this particular space correspond with the flow of the Warta river running just outside the windows. The choice of...

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