Today Modern Dining Tables blog will present you an amazing luxury restaurant in Helsinki, designed by the Finnish architect Joanna Laajisto. The beautiful interior design of this restaurant is inspired by the 1940s Kiosks in Finland. Aiming to create a casual and comfortable interior, Laajisto referenced kiosks that were built in the Finnish capital in the 1940s and 50s with her choice of materials for Michel.
The kiosks were based on a design with an extended canopy by city architect Gunnar Taucher, and often feature wooden interiors and slatted panelling. This is most obviously reflected in the wooden lining used on the walls of the restaurant’s dining area.
Located in the city’s shopping district, the space occupied by Michel was previously a well-known traditional restaurant furnished with dark wooden tables and featuring large red columns. These were swapped for a lighter colour palette including pistachio green, white and natural wood, using materials intended to appear “light and fresh”.
“I wanted to create an intimate atmosphere that suits breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails,” explains Laajisto.
“It was important that we wouldn’t drive the old loyal customers of König away, but for the place to be timeless and fresh at the same time.”
The dining area occupies the ground floor, and some additional spaces are located in the basement.
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