Asthetique | 莫斯科一间拥抱千禧一代的怀旧餐厅
Moscow restaurateur Kira Baybakova likes to think big,so when it came to her new restaurant,"The Y",she secured not one,but two floors in a newly built residential building in central Moscow which she transformed into a multi-functional eatery seating 200 patrons and featuring 2 open kitchens,a private dining room,a café,a bar and a secret playroom,with the help of New York-based design studio Asthetíque who conjured up a sophisticated yet easy-going ambience where guests can enjoy a morning coffee,a casual lunch or a gourmet dinner.
Asthetíque's approach is characterised by a subtle nostalgia,channelled through an elegant composition of arched forms and soft pastel colour that combine a 1970s aesthetic with an Art Deco graphic elegance.
The restaurant was explicitly conceived as a relaxed refuge from the hustle and bustle of contemporary Moscow,cinematically designed as stage set of suave elegance and old-time charm.Inspired by acclaimed American film director Wes Anderson,whose distinct visual language has both aesthetic and narrative purposes,The Y's highly stylized décor is characterised by a dreamy colour palette of pastels,the eclectic use of materials such as brass,velvet and polished timber that convey luxury and sophistication,and a predilection for symmetry and repetition.A plethora of striking details such as decorative wall panelling,graphically bold wainscoting,bespoke chandeliers and floral wallpaper differentiate each space.
The Y unfolds as a sequence of elegantly designed spaces;the intimate café on the ground floor gives way to the bright,easy-going dining hall where the vast open kitchen allows guests to have a taste of the restaurant's inner workings.Upstairs,a mint-coloured eating area with its own open kitchen channels the ambience of a 1970s French bistro whereas the adjoining bar and dining area,steeped in dark wood-panelling and brass furnishings,convey the worldliness of an old school clubhouse.With a theatrically staged private dining room,a hidden playroom accessed through a secret door,and lavatories that feel more like upscale dressing rooms completing the venue's facilities,The Y is an alluring,multifaceted destination that caters not just to millennials but to all those seeking a spot of refinement and poise amid the hectic pace of Moscow.