Zenit Restaurant, Poland
Stepping into Zenit Restaurant in Krakow, Poland you are immediately greeted by a joyous abundance of colours, textures and patterns that excite your senses. The restaurant, designed by Polish interior design practice Piotr Paradowski, resides amongst a culturally diverse selection of cafes, galleries, and synagogues. The design of Zenit draws from the mixture of cultures neighbouring the restaurant, creating an interior style and accompanying menu that is rich and lavish.
The restaurant’s most striking feature is its impressive bar, sitting proudly at the entrance and inviting you inside. A brass patina emits a dazzling glow as the backdrop for an extensive liquor cabinet. The golden hue continues through to the detailing on the bar bench and is complemented by the rich timber grains. Deep blue cabinetry frames the bar and two sconce lights balance the composition.
Piotr Paradowski has an eye for detail and this becomes increasingly apparent as you move throughout the space. Blue wain skirting borders the edges of the grey marle walls, which blend into a pale pink coffered ceiling. Rectangular stone tiles in different shades of grey run diagonally across the floor, creating a muted foundation. The neutral palette of the walls, flooring, and ceiling allow the details to come to life.
Two feature walls in the restaurant are decorated with artworks and objects, which have been sourced from local designers or collected over the years from the owner’s travels. The ample collection of artworks contributes to the charm of the restaurant and creates the impression that you’re dining in someone’s private living room.
Feelings of comfort are further encouraged through the plush blue velvet banquette and booth seating, which are built into the walls. The deep blue hue of the velvet connects with the wain skirting and joinery in the bar, creating an interior that is cohesive and vibrant.
Brass patina makes another appearance in the kitchen swing door and adds an industrial touch to the interior. This industrial theme is further explored in the restaurant’s choice of lighting. A series of three wall lights illuminate a cozy booth and an eared turtle wall sconce adorns the bathroom wall, providing a moody glow.
The energy at Zenit Restaurant is buzzing thanks to its eclectic interior and bohemian neighbourhood surrounds. This restaurant is a warmly welcomed disruption to Poland’s dining scene.
Pion Studio, Aga Wnuk