In Moscow, on Trifonovskaya Street, opened a gastronomic restaurant of Uzbek cuisine Oxus. Unusual, very modern by ear name refers nevertheless to the era of Alexander the Great: that’s the way those days were called Central Asia.
The reference to the oriental subjects in the interior, as well as in the title, is not obvious: designers did without carpets, heaps of colored textiles, mats, tiles and brass kettles – all modern, fashionable, strictly in shape, but at the same time elegantly and slightly excessively elegantly .
The design of the institution was occupied by the architectural bureau Archpoint, on the account of which there are a lot of Moscow restaurants (from the latter – “Geraldine”, Wine & Crab and Selfie).
Typical eastern verbosity in the interior is expressed not only in two different quietly disputing with each other ornaments of floor tiles and openwork grilles, but also in an abundance of textures, muffled gold and juicy live greens.
Greenery here is not just a tribute to the fashionable tendency to turn any modern interior into a jungle – it is designed to create an atmosphere of cozy patios of a luxurious oriental villa in a restaurant consisting of many small halls. This image is also full of light, including daylight, and oriental sofas in the center of the room, and a general relaxed atmosphere, which is often lacking in Moscow.
The restaurant has a lot of small halls, all slightly different in atmosphere and filling, but are nevertheless held in the same style. “When my colleague and I first came to the measurements, the first impression was the feeling that this is a labyrinth. The building was a heap of different levels, ladders, narrow aisles, inner balconies, without a clear structure, with many corners of complex shape – it was very easy to get lost. The current layout is made after the cleansing and structuring of the space – the demolition of many walls, partitions, excess levels and stairs. The windows were small, there was not enough natural light, so on the second floor in the big hall we came up with lanterns in the form of truncated pyramids with phytolamps to illuminate the olive trees, “says Alexander Shemetillo.
If the first floor resembles the inner courtyard of the eastern house drowning in the greenery, then the second floor is more modern, laconic and international – here rather a Mediterranean atmosphere: modern furniture of blue, gray and terracotta tones, light walls with a kind of diamond rust, which adds light and shade, and beautiful olive trees with thick trunks.
On the second floor there are also two halls designed for banquets, each with its own kitchen with a kazan for cooking oriental dishes and its own luxurious bathroom decorated with marble. Despite the different moods (one room came out light, light, “feminine,” the second rather resembles a male office with heavy leather furniture and dark walls), they resonate in design and are tied into a single image of a hospitable eastern house – modern and cosmopolitan.
Text: Marina Yushkevich
Photo: Olga Melekessseva