The Dutch designers from Tjep Studio have designed the new Restaurant Fabbrica in Bergen, The Netherlands, mixing two, some would say, completely opposite concepts. The entire structure is based on a wide, open space floor, making the whole place seem open and friendly. Now, the downside of this concept is that it usually provides no privacy, but not with Fabbrica.
This was performed using numerous elevated niches that provide the privacy of a tree house, or a train cabin. These booths are accessed through mini ladders, and they cover one wall of the pizzeria. Each booth features a table and a chandelier, both of which are suspended, leaving enough space for legs under the table, even though the booth seems small and cozy. The other wall is covered with shelves for the wood that is used for the pizza oven. The shelves also include red plates used for electrical sockets.
The pizza oven we mentioned is reminiscent of the previous design of a restaurant from the same chain in Rotterdam (also designed by Tjep). It features Bisazza tiles that are positioned in order to form a mosaic.
For those who do not feel like climbing the (fairly easily surmountable) ladder and do not enjoy the solitude the booths offer, there is an open section that is also made of wood with traditional open tables that are perfect for larger numbers of people at one table.
Lack of painted surfaces is evident, boasting natural the look of the materials used. This underpins the simplicity of the design that was not based on shiny features, but more on authenticity and the differentiating seating options that are sure to satisfy people with different needs and desires, while keeping them all inside at the same time.
Photo credit: Yannic Alidarso, Tjep
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