Przystanek Piekarnia Bakery
by Maciej Kurkowski

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Wire-encased lights are suspended above oak-topped counters at this bakery in Poland by designer Maciej Kurkowski (+ slideshow).

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Situated in Piaseczno, a town south of Warsaw, Kurkowski's Przystanek Piekarnia Bakery features a custom-designed shelving unit for storing and displaying bread.

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The unit occupies one wall and is made from 626 plywood modules stained in four different hues.

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A large blackboard covers the adjoining wall for advertising the day's menu.

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Black electrical cables run up the walls and across the ceiling, powering light bulbs surrounded by intricate wire shades.

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Oak counter tops sit on plinths covered in matte white tiles and with bevelled edges.

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One tile on each plinth is replaced with a plywood module engraved with the company logo.

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Kurkowski was also involved in the design of the Zmianatematu cafe in Poland, which has an interior lined with plywood ribs.

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Photography is by Paulina Sasinowska and Maciej Kurkowski.

Here is some more information from the designer:


"Przystanek Piekarnia", Szkolna 12, Piaseczno

Krzosek Bakery is a family company established few generations ago in 1959. Its values combine respect for the tradition and a need for constant development. Interiors of their shops are an embodiment of this approach.

Przystanek Piekarnia Bakery by Maciej Kurkowski
Plan - click for larger image

The commission was to create a coherent interior designs for a whole chain of their shops. Individual look of each interior is achieved by use of a stained birch plywood 450x70x20mm module, that can be used to create almost infinite parametric design variations, while the rest of the interior components remain the same. Depending on the interior the modules can form a built-in display rack or a sculptural suspended ceiling that folds over the wall morphing into display shelves.

Przystanek Piekarnia Bakery by Maciej Kurkowski
Long section - click for larger image

The first realisation of the project is in Piaseczno. Key feature of the shop is a custom display shelving unit behind the counter made from 626 plywood modules stained in four warm hues. This allows to keep the rest of the elements used in the interior monochromatic, achieving a balanced look with lightly coloured manually applied coarse plaster, epoxy resin flooring and electrical cables laid on walls in black encasement.

Przystanek Piekarnia Bakery by Maciej Kurkowski
Cross section - click for larger image

Oak counters sit on white tiled plinths. Matte tiles with beveled edges, resembling those used for tile stoves delicately diffuse the light. In each plinth one tile is replaced with a plywood module with new logo of the company engraved in it.

Przystanek Piekarnia Bakery by Maciej Kurkowski
Front elevation - click for larger image

Subtle lightning was created using Thomas Edison’s design inspired light bulbs with an intricate luminescent rod encased in wire fixtures allowing the glow to delicately seep through the gaps which creates elegant overall effect.

Other two main features used in all interiors are a blackboard wall for announcing special offers and stainless steel furnace for baking fresh buns and delicious cookies on site.

Przystanek Piekarnia Bakery by Maciej Kurkowski
Side elevation - click for larger image

Author: Maciej Kurkowski
Location: Piaseczno, Poland
Client: Piekarnia Krzosek
Total Area: 25 m2
Usable Area: 19 m2
Volume: 64 m3
Design: 2013
Construction: 2013

  • Folayemi Adebayo

    Beautiful!

  • xx

    Already missing USSR? Looks like a small soviet village shop. But the details are nice indeed.

    • rem

      Poland was never in the USSR. Besides, it looks more like a hip bakery in Le Marais.

  • karina j

    Those are renders, not photographs!