Iskra

A café in a XVIII century building

5. Restaurants

Built

2015

The idea behind the project was to design a ‘genuinely Moscow’ interior in opposition to the monotony of countless Brooklynesque internals of the hipster venues recently opened in the central part of the city. However, the sought authenticity didn’t have to be truly authentic: designing a ‘genuinely Moscow’ interior allowed having an imagined, invented, exaggerated and fictionalised city as a reference instead of the real one. So the ‘Moscowness’ was to be conveyed via use of ‘native’ colours (green, red, gray) and materials (brick, concrete and , of course, marble as a reference to the underground marble paradise of Moscow metro).

The café is roomy and light, it has an open kitchen, shiny brass hearth and a parquet-like marble pattern spreading all over the bar counter as well as the floor. The pinkwood furniture is light and tall and therefore not clogging the space. A huge window fills the space with daylight and provides guests with panoramic view of a central street. A glowing sign places inside the venue serves as a lamp once the sun sets and the natural light is replaced with the artificial illumination.