Denisa Strmiskova fuses religious mystique with contemporary design approach in Konvikt café
Prague-based practice Denisa Strmiskova Studio created an interior for Konvikt, a café located near former Corpus Christi Chapel in Jesuit convict building in Olomouc, one of the largest cities in Czech Republic.
“Cafe is located next to former 17th century Baroque Corpus Christi Chapel placed in Jesuit convict in Olomouc. Based on that, elements in the café combines baroque religious mystique with secular order and knowledge. Under the dome, which is essential shape of whole interior, an inner floor was embedded. The floor itself can be seen as metaphor of tree. Continuing this metaphor, bottom layer of café is a solid ground or phyla, conducted in earthy tones. The inner floor reminds a treetop. It is filled with plants and soft, dark green sofas. Cafe bar creates very interior centre. Dark brown massive wood nosing bar desk relates to other furniture in café, which evokes traditional church wooden pews. The soffit above cafe bar is made with special ecologic material, which creates surface illusion of an old fresco. In addition to frescoes, light also played a major role in Baroque sacral space. Light concentrate the divine power in this world and refers to supernatural forces. This fundamental principle is here represented by central round lighting metaphorically depicting a halo. Same light principle penetrates the upper floor and symbolically continues to infinity,” explains Denisa Strmiskova