Architects took their cue for design of restaurant in Zaporizhia from Italian region Calabria

Architects took their cue for design of restaurant in Zaporizhia from Italian region Calabria

Bergamot is a family Italian restaurant located in Zaporizhia, a city in south-central Ukraine, situated on the banks of the Dnieper River. The owners wished to create an interior that would match the offerings of their cuisine – urban food, sushi, Italian cuisine and kids menu. This brief was completed by Kiev-based studio YUDIN Design.

“Our customer already had a name ready – Bergamot. He wanted us to develop the naming, concept and identity, making this location a place where to spend time comfortably with the whole family; in other words – it was necessary to create a new restaurant brand for family people! From the beginning we realized that a restaurant with such a concept and Italian cuisine can be turned into an every day enjoyable place. So they offered a design solution so easy and intuitive that it seems that everything is familiar here, as if you have been visiting this establishment for many years! We found that Bergamot is a symbol of the Italian region Calabria, and decided to use it in some aesthetic way in the interior. The traditional landscapes of the cities in Calabria inspired us to use a bright stained glass partition that complemented the minimalist light atmosphere in bright colors (aesthetics, corresponding to Japanese cuisine) and defined a play area for children. The logo and signboard in orange colors also derived from the “citrus name”. The logo is lined by the designers in such a way that one can see both citrus, sliced pizza, and a Japanese folding fan in it. We decided to use red brick in the interior, decorating it with metal bars that resemble the traditional arches of the Italian architecture, the Japanese folding fan and citrus slices. The minimalist interior elements were used by the architects in order to honor the Japanese cuisine in the establishment. In addition to direct communication with the identity, brick and metal bars perfectly the idea of creating a simple family space. Here you feel like in a comfortable summer patio. Grid decoration is also used on the restaurant’s half-closed terrace, where also a simple geometrical grid was applied, used here also as shelves for flowers. In general, the whole restaurant room is enough spacious. There are no corners, corridors or special zones, but everything is in sight. Therefore, guests feel here at home. Eclectic styles manifest themselves in the walls and in the decorated moldings (clear hints of neoclassical), while the concrete ceilings are made in the industrial style. All stations for waiters and bar are decorated with white tiles (minimalism) and, all over it, colored decor elements reminiscent of Calabria and Italy in general: bright chairs and sofas, a red wood-burning pizza oven, natural flowers! We helped to complete the restaurant lighting with a huge central chandelier, resembling a planetary orbit, round ceiling  and wall lamps. The design of this collection of lamps was developed specifically for Bergamot restaurant in the workshop YUDIN Product, while the products were realized in the famous Lviv manufactory PikArt Lights. The manufacturing technology of the main chandelier is not simple itself, since it combines curved metal rods of different lengths,” explained Aleksandr and Vladimir Yudin, heads of the studio YUDIN Design

  • Location: Zaporizhia, Ukraine
  • Date completed: 2019
  • Size: 2,500 square feet
  • Design: YUDIN Design
  • Photos: Sergey Savchenko
Main area with central chandelier
Eclectic style
Pizza oven

Colorful glass partition
Banquette seating

Summer patio