It isn’t seldom to find an impeccably decorated restaurant, with glorious adornings and exciting colour palettes, however, the same cannot be said for restaurant bathrooms. Sadly, more often than not, restaurant bathrooms are bland and lacklustre compared to the dining area. But why?
It is known that the interior architecture and design of a restaurant is nearly as important as the food. The look of a restaurant, like any other hospitality venue, sends a message about its personality and what it has to offer – it can be the reason you choose one restaurant over the other when you’re indecisive or even the reason you decide to pay it a visit at all!
Knowing the importance of the decoration of a service-based business, why do so many designers overlook restaurant bathrooms? Why is it so common to find an awfully neutral bathroom? Why is it regarded as just something that has to be there and not an integral part of the whole restaurant? Fortunately, not all designers see it that way – MMZ Project, in particular, absolutely do not.
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MMZ Project is an architectural bureau based in Russia that specializes in hospitality projects. Each and every project captures a specific identity, resulting in absolutely unique interiors every time. Apart from that, the members of the bureau have an outstanding eye for combining different shapes and colours, which opens the path for fun, but nevertheless chic designs.
Located in Moscow, the 800ºC Contemporary Steak is a restaurant created in a three-story 19th Century renovated building. Taking inspiration from the era the building was first created in, MMZ Project included several 60s and 70s references in the project, such as vintage lighting and art deco-inspired ornaments, such as the mirror you see in the picture above.
The dining area is filled with vibrant colours, which then transpire on to the restaurant bathroom, which features retro freestanding washbasins in bright red, dark blue walls and rounded-edge square mirrors, enveloped in a yellow frame.
Craft Kitchen, a beer gastropub located in Moscow, has a decor reminiscent of something you’d see gracing your Instagram feed. With wonderful lighting fixtures and soft jewel and earthy tones, this rustic-meets-modern restaurant has an equally enjoyable bathroom decor.
Although simpler than the dining area, it is no less exciting. This playful restaurant bathroom includes an accent wall covered in domino tiles and a vanity composed of a terrazzo countertop paired with six round mirrors lit up by three freestanding lightbulbs, creating once again a retro look.
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De Sad, located in Kiev, has a very different identity from the restaurants presented so far. De Sad has a steampunk-inspired ambience with rugged details, such as the extensive use of black leather, that almost hint at a 50 shades of grey-like aura. The dining area is comprised of gothic-style leather seats with red lights shining down upon them. The restaurant bathroom, which you can peek at in the picture above, is daring all the same.
This restaurant bathroom is definitely unlike any other. The marble countertop has a splatter-like effect, making it even more intricate than your usual marble bathroom. The red tiles that serve as a vibrant pop of colour are purposely cracked – a bold risk that paid off as it adds beautifully to the risqué nature of the decor. To finish off, a decadent pendant light with careless falling gold chains, absolute perfection.
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