- Architecture & development
Monochrome cosiness can be minimalist without becoming uninteresting, as restaurant Mindal proves. The creative idea behind the concept? A soft-looking, pleasant space that possesses something unusual. The designer completely knew how to make this goal his own. It is with great admiration that we reveal his project.
This time, it is Robert Makaryan who gets the honour. For five years, he has been working as an architect, interior designer, and visualisation artist. In collaboration with Hot Walls, he worked out a restaurant concept for a client looking for something extraordinary. With an area of two hundred square metres, this is a rather small business, but no less challenging to work out. In the past, the designer mainly developed ideas with many contrasts, which he deliberately did not do this time by focusing on a space with an approachable, inviting atmosphere. Here, he succeeded mainly thanks to the monochrome, cream-coloured palette. Once the primary style was determined, the priority became to provide a striking and rare element. Indeed, the centrepiece had to be bold and unlike anything else. In the end, they opted for an illuminated bar with pronounced, flowing geometry. The curved lines create an intriguing effect that also relies on the size of the upper part. Equally striking, however, are the giant lamps suspended above the tables. You may not be surprised to learn that these are custom-designed. Like all the other furniture, they are also manufactured specifically for this commission. According to the designer, the intention was to create an otherworldly impression in addition to being cosy. The lamps and the bar in the centre are the most pronounced instruments for this, although of course the entire design is responsible for the successful effect. Today, we are used to quiet spaces that always want to exude a certain serenity, but projects like this prove that there are so many more possibilities. Here, there is no room for visual bustle, yet you end up with an experimental aesthetic that stimulates your senses. In addition, comfort was obviously a key consideration. Soft sofas, chairs that embrace you, and spacious tables guarantee that you enjoy your meal here to the fullest. To interrupt the unified tones to the right degree, the designer introduced a tree that, via a wall opening, fuses, as it were, with the space. Another striking feature are the small level differences. Moreover, the tilted edges of the step on which some of the tables rest, recall the structure of a tree trunk.
Combining a soothing orientation with imaginative shapes and geometry
Restaurant Mindal is a fascinating reflection on the notion that simple palettes can coexist with experimental, futuristic interior architecture. With this commission, Robert Makaryan proved that he is an authority within the field of haunting designs that combine a soothing orientation with imaginative shapes and geometry. We will follow him closely in the future in hopes of more of this. Images by Robert Makaryan