A Peek Inside Zachodni Brzeg Restaurant in Warsaw
Zachodni Brzeg is a restaurant in Warsaw, Poland that serves Middle Eastern cuisine. The name refers both to the Western bank of the Vistula River (where the bistro is situated – the local aspect) and to the Western bank of the Jordan (the source of the major culinary inspirations – the global aspect). The interior as well as the logo were designed by 370 studio.
“The interior is strongly influenced by the Middle Eastern world, with a special emphasis put on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The wall, whereon there is a leather loge, was made on order from concrete tiles imitating those used in the wall separating the conflicted countries. The restaurant’s logo is also divided with an invisible line. In the interior there appear various forms of arabesques and ornaments from Eastern cultures from an original spatial graphic design centered around a lotus flower, made by a street artist Szymon SC to graphic motifs on menus. There are plenty of details made on order, according to the original design: the legs of the tables are made of reinforced rod and the table tops are encrusted with antiquated metal cut in a shape of a star (thus referring to the star on the floor around the bar); handmade wall flower pots in the right wing of the restaurant are decorated with a pattern inspired by the bar front; the seats on the terrace are at the same time large pots with a palm tree in the centre… The right wing of the restaurant is supposed to remind a street. The walls are dingy and frayed, the lights hanging down from them (also made on order) are inspired with street lamps. Even though the interior refers to the zone of the many-year conflict, its message is supposed to be peaceful and to give hope for a better tomorrow. From the entrance we are welcome by a mural showing two boys: one in a keffiyeh, the other in a kippah, who walk ahead arm in arm. The walls are decorated with photographs showing graffiti and murals from the wall separating Palestine and Israel: they carry the message of love, peace, and belief in reconciliation across divides. The whole toilet wall is covered with a mural showing guns turned into bananas,” says 370 studio