Feminine symbol as a starting point for Restaurant Concept

How we deveploped a successful concept for a restaurant with Russian contemporary cuisine

by Anastasia Kasparyan

The feminine symbol of Russian Beauty has become a starting point for design concept of the Varvara Cafe. This symbol includes many sub-symbols that are translated through ornaments, embroidery, deco elements and color combinations.

We are speaking about Russian culture in contemporary language using traditional codes - cross stitch, ornaments and elements from Russian fairy tales. These elements of design are performed on rough concrete textures and historical brick walls.

We integrated gold firebird’s feathers painted manually on dark blue background for stucco walls decoration.  Brick walls are painted in tender milky-white color. Following the concept of Varvara - Russian woman symbol -  we placed deco elements on the walls - typical Russian women head bijou kokoshnik made of cutlery.


Color choice is based on Russian traditional broidery. Cherish color combination of bright red and green in furniture - green tabletop with brass end, red armchairs and green velvet sofas.

Typically for historical Moscow buildings, the ceiling of Varvara Cafe is not high. Still we should have needed to make it lawer to set up an air-conditioning system. We were looking for an appropriate decision that would fulfil functional tasks and make design attractive. The decision was found in decorating the ceiling with 180 round lamps made from perforated sheets designed and made especially for the project.


    • Anastasia Kasparyan

      Interior designer

      Moscow / Russian Federation

      My work in design sphere has started in 2006 when I launched an Architecture Interior Design Bureau GOLDEN HEADS.In my work I put a special attention to decoration and painting in which I always have been fond of. My passion brought me to Italy where I completed a one-year course of Painting and Decoration by Federico Perotti. GOLDEN HEADS has achieved relevance and recognition in the field of Premium residential interior design and we began to look for other opportunities for company development. HoReCa shere has always been attractive for me. In HoReCA design project a designer takes into consideration service provided to clients and guests and communications. The design should be more functional, comfortable and bright at the same time. New challenge demanded new knowledge that I received in Horeca Architettura & Marketing in Milano and Kelly Hoppen MBE in London. At the moment we have realized more than 10 HoReCa projects. Besides, I always try to share my knowledge and experience with other designers and make master-classes. )

    Varvara Cafe 37

    Varvara Cafe

    Moscow / Russian Federation / 2017