Situated in Warsaw's city centre, Opasly Tom offers diners contemporary Polish dishes that are inspired by slow food – an international culinary movement that sprung up in the late 1980s, encouraging the use of traditional cooking methods and locally-grown produce.
The 260 square-metre restaurant occupies a split-level building that was previously broken up by a series of different-sized rooms. When it came to transforming it into a dining space, Wroclaw-based Buck Studio employed a select few colours and materials to create visual continuity throughout the restaurant.
"It was crucial to propose a solution that would connect all the rooms and integrate the design into a coordinated, distinctive whole," explained the studio, which is headed up by Dominika Buck and Pawel Buck.
"This contemporary, minimalistic design approach produces the impression of coherence while creating a powerful aesthetic impact."
The upper-level of the restaurant now accommodates a large dining room that features corrugated steel walls upholstered with teal-blue velvet. Matching coloured curtains have been suspended beside expansive windows, which look through to a house-lined street.
A couple of dressers have been made from burl, a type of wood taken from misshapen tree trunks and characterised by an unusual grain pattern.
Juxtaposing timber chairs with coral-orange seat cushions have been arranged around the tables.
Above hangs a series of bespoke lamps that are comprised of totem-like stacks of glass spheres, while grey terrazzo tiles have been applied in a geometric zig-zag pattern on the floor.
A white tile stairway leads down to another dining area, which has a more intimate atmosphere suited to dinners amongst small groups of friends or couples.
This level has also been arranged into three different zones. The first is a honey-hued dining room overlooked by an open kitchen where guests can observe the chefs at work. Ridged walls here are instead upholstered in tan-coloured velvet, complemented by parquet oak floors and tall burl storage units that openly display extra glassware.
A second ink-blue zone is used for wine tasting, complete with orange velvet chairs and tables with peachy-marble countertops. Bottles are displayed in a floor-to-ceiling criss-cross rack that's illuminated from behind.
The third zone is a rear teal room which offers a more closed-off dining experience.
There is also a private dining room that's host to just one dining table, where walls have been covered with an ornate floral fabric.
Similar to Buck Studio, design studio AK-A used green and white paint to fashion dramatic two-tone interiors for a restaurant in Athens – the space is also dotted with rust-red lighting fixtures.
Photography is by Basia Kuligowska and Przemysław Nieciecki from Pion Studio.