A hip burger restaurant has popped up in the heart of the Poznan University of Technology campus in Poland. Created as the second venue for the restaurant chain ChiChi 4U, the restaurant sports a cozy yet industrial chic interior designed by local studio mode:lina. While the structure’s corrugated walls and raw aesthetic are kept intact, the designers added light-colored timber furniture, a vertical garden, and bright pops of color to lend warmth to the space.
Located in the Wilda district, ChiChi 4U is a late-night 70-square-meter restaurant that appears to primarily cater to a younger clientele with an eye for smart chic design. The client asked mode:lina to create “recognizable raw and industrial aesthetics,” which informed the design decision for black corrugated steel walls and paneling. In addition to its decorative value, the steel panels are also highly durable, washable, and allow quick adaption to the old walls and electrical layout.
Instead of sealing off all the technical equipment, mode:lina exposes the silver technical ducts through a suspended ceiling made from black steel mesh. To balance the industrial and raw atmosphere, the floor is lined with carpet-shaped patterned tiles. Wooden frames and plants also help soften the interior, while the bright red splashes of color allude to the brand’s visual identity.
Images via mode:lina, by Marcin Ratajczak