Situated in a neighbourhood that also houses Moscow’s White House and several governmental agencies, it was destined to open a restaurant that loosely referenced Russia’s Stalinist era, adding a modern and bold vibe to traditional elements. New York and Moscow-based Crosby Studios have transformed this building in the historical heart of Stalinist Russia into a ‘new avant-garde with a Russian-Japanese mood.’ Harry Nuriev, designer and owner of the architecture and interior design firm, revamped the entire space to create a fun and contemporary design whilst preserving its original bones, including the exposed concrete walls and ceilings – and we’re loving the result.
Aiming to maintain a loose connection to the past, Crosby Studios have set the scene in the interiors with modern furnishings using Soviet tones – such as the industrial green and faded pink that enhance the bright red star hanging on the bar wall, paying tribute to the building’s significant history. Celebrated for his bold takes on cultural symbols, Nuriev has not disappointed with this creation – referencing history through his use of colour, layout and shape to create a captivating environment.
Exuding a contemporary feel, the cooper decorative elements and stainless steel displays add a more industrial and modern touch to the otherwise velvet and soft furnishings. The exposed concrete walls complete the look and vibe – changing colour depending on the room, and beautifully complementing the mosaic floors, showing how Crosby Studios have mastered the art of mixing textures and colours.
Split into a bar and dining area, the two distinctive zones each have their own atmosphere. Following the same floorplan as the previous restaurant which was housed in the same building, the bar is defined by its dark and blood-red colour, dimmed lighting, mysterious aura and overall bold statement. The restaurant hall, on the other hand, features a light and bright feel throughout with its large glass doors and round tables that bring a sense of nostalgia to the contemporary setting.
Fresh, bold and eye-catching, it’s safe to say Crosby Studios have set a new level in Moscow’s restaurant scene, and moreover, showed that the firm once again produces innovative designs with each project. Well done, Crosby Studios!
Krasnopresnenskaya Nabereznaya, 2/1, Moskva, Russia, 103274
Photos by Mikhail Loskutov