Enjoy Bazaar is a new Japanese restaurant in Stockholm that was recently opened by two Michelin-star chefs, Daniel Höglander and Niclas Jönsson. The vision for this restaurant was to launch Sweden’s first recyclable restaurant. This concept includes aspects of the design ranging from cutlery to furniture.
One of Enjoy Bazaar’s key circular features is its custom-designed furniture. The Kelp Collection, designed by Interesting Times Gang, features pieces made from a bio-composite material of recycled fishing nets and wood fiber. To create the furniture, the raw material is 3D-printed into undulating, ribbon-like forms. These make the restaurant’s interiors resemble an underwater kelp forest. At the end of its life, a unit can be shredded or ground down. By using these granules for raw material, new forms can be extruded, such as for chairs or wall panels. Through its vivid green color and organic forms, the collection pays homage to kelp forests. These are one of the planet’s most endangered types of marine ecosystems.
The collection features a chair, a barstool and a low stool called the Kelpie. Initially, the chefs only required one chair design for the restaurant. However, as production progressed, they were very pleased with the furniture and wanted to maximize their use to further enhance the dreamy atmosphere inside the restaurant. Hence, the designers created the barstool, which incorporates even bolder curves in its form.
Meanwhile, the Kelpie was envisioned by the designers to complete the collection. This is because it felt insubstantial to have a collection with only two items. Therefore, this new low stool finalizes the set and features the same dark green, undulating aesthetic as the other pieces.
To tie together the restaurant’s interior spaces, Interesting Times Gang also used additive manufacturing to produce the railing on the mezzanine level of the restaurant. It incorporates the same design language as the furniture, which unites the interior design of the restaurant.
The Kelp Collection was first exhibited to the public at Stockholm Design week alongside Aibio, another project by Interesting Times Gang that is an AI-generated sofa table. It has also been on display at design festivals in the United Kingdom, such as the London Design Festival and Grand Designs Live in Birmingham.
By maximizing circular design in the restaurant through this marine-inspired collection, the restaurant sheds light on environmentalism and the preservation of biodiversity in ecosystems. It provokes discussion about sustainable choices and how they can be integrated in interior design without sacrificing aesthetics.
Images via Interesting Times Gang