Lost amongst the tall apartment buildings and business centers in Moscow is the newly-opened Culinary SamBeri canteen designed by Moscow-based architect and interior design studio, Studio Shoo.
The cozy, 820 square feet (250 m2) Culinary SamBeri canteen is a peaceful hideaway where locals in the neighborhood can meet, social and dine in an open and inviting setting. Intentionally chosen for its unique, structural configuration and tall, noble pillars throughout, the design team at Studio Shoo created a charming space with greeneries and bright pops of color that is sure to lift the mood of guests upon entry.
To create a sense of familiarity with the locals, the internal pillars within the space are in the exact same shade of rich, warm red as the building’s existing external pillars, which is visible through the large floor-to-ceiling windows. This mimicry design allows for a seamless transition from outside in, making it easy for first-time patrons to settle in and get to know the place.
The owner’s vision is to create a common space where local families from the neighborhood can enjoy their time over food and coffee. To accommodate younger children in the family, a section of the 250 sq meter space can be transformed into a child-friendly space for celebrations and parties.
A bakery serving fresh baked-goods daily is in full view as you enter the restaurant. The large serving counter features an open-view kitchen behind it, giving guests full transparency to the bustling kitchen during opening hours. A glass display provides an expansive view of the delicious meal selections available. A cafeteria-style system allows a causal and efficient flow for guests to purchase their meal and bring back to their desired seatings.
Thoughtful designs including the oval semi-bar table with integrated USB hubs is adapted to the modern needs of today by allowing guests to charge their phone or work on their laptop. The communal-style table also makes a great gathering space for students looking for a place to study or for casual work meetings from office workers around the area. The design team even took care of the morning-coffee crowd by incorporating a Take-and-Go machine to speed up the delivery process. At the entrance of the canteen, patrons lining-up for their orders can peer into the transparent glass at the counter to enjoy the bread and pastries-making process by in-house pastry chefs.
Varying types of seatings are designed to accommodate different purposes. Guests can freely combine the individual small tables to create additional seatings for larger groups and families. French sofas provide comfort and flexibility to the endless seating configurations depending on the needs of the guests, making the cafe a welcoming spot for any party size.
The main material used in the interior of Culinary SamBeri is plywood, with all the unique furniture, decorative panels, and shelving made from it. The plywood itself is made using sustainable raw materials and organic glue, an approach that reflects the values of Studio Shoo, which uses only environmentally-friendly and safe materials in the interiors in designs. This also emphasizes their care for the safety of the end-users, in this case, families with young children who may be exposed to the materials.
Not only has the Studio Shoo team created a playful canteen serving delicious food and coffee, but it also created an inviting and family-friendly setting for local families and friends to gather, whatever the occasion may be. To learn more about other projects by Studio Shoo, visit here.
Floor – terrazzo tiles produced by the Belarusian plant
Wall tiles - Equipe, Artisan collection
Chairs – Delo, models CHOR, NORM
Bar chairs – Russian designer Anna Strupinsky, model Abrua
Plumbing – Roca (toilets), Kludi (mixers), Delice France (sinks)