Studio Shoo crafts non-traditional Georgia vibe when designing Shavi bistro in Russia
Shavi is a fast casual Georgian bistro run by Nastya Antsiferova and Zhenya Druzhkov, young entrepreneurs and pioneers trying new concepts in Russian regions. The interior was designed by Studio Shoo.
“The uniqueness of the Shavi project lies in the concept ‘Gastronomy through Art’, that inspired STUDIO SHOO during the process of designing. Look at the colors, art or Georgian architecture throughs the prism of modern world and today’s fashion, and you will see the new Gastro bistro with the spirit of non-traditional Georgia. ‘Fast casual’ is a completely new format for Yoshkar-Ola city: quite petit area, high seats, waiter-less and quick service. However, at the same time there are always fresh dishes straight from the kitchen and the whole cooking process is just in front of the guests. Discovering a such sophisticated concept is pure enthusiasm and high ambition. The client came to us with the idea of creating a Georgian bistro in the ‘Fast casual’ format. And we, in turn, have already had the idea of creating design inspired by Georgian art and fashion industries. For our team, taking this chance to create a project in Yoshkar-Ola region was a big step forward. After all, total construction work and coordination took place on remote basis. It was a new challenge which was gladly accepted. The space itself was divided into three functional areas. At the entrance, it was arranged as a sort of bar zone for some appetizers and snacks. The hall for full course dinner menu with a cozy seating chairs was isolated by a partition of glass blocks. The room was furnished with comfy sofas and tables according to the sketches of architects. Shavi also provides a communal table for guests, where they can, not only meet up with friends, but as well to attend lectures about Georgian art and architecture. There is also a professional lighting installed on the walls for holding small exhibitions. We made an open kitchen, a special installation with wine taps, a market where guests can buy Georgian products. The literal translation of the word შავი (shavi) is black – the most popular color in the fashion industry. For Shavi, we created decor elements inspired by pieces from Haute couture collections of Georgian fashion designers. The shape of the arches of the table stands was inspired by the classical Georgian architecture. And the folds on the menu refer to fashion designers and patterns. All the details – colors, textures, pattern have been inspired by Georgian artists and designers, which helps to immerse into the atmosphere. Natural warm colors of plaster and deep natural green, smooth furniture surface and rough walls, terrazzo and graphic lines, vibrant green plants and architectural glass blocks – playing with this whole these textures, colors and tactile sense. We wanted to create a place for new excitements and experiences that guests would like to share with others,” explains Shushana Khachatrian, head of the studio