PRAGUE – Architect Magdalena Rochová of Czech studio Jaroušek Rochová architekti refreshes the poorly preserved interior of a Secession building of the Art Nouveau era.
With all of its historic details lost from years of deterioration, the space was regarded as a tabula rasa by Matěj Záhorský, a long-term resident of the premise and subsequent founder of Café Záhorský. The building's ideal corner location led to the decision to bestow a second life upon the interior as a bakery.
Architect Magdalena Rochová injected a highly functional scheme which emerges from minimal, clean lines throughout Café Záhorský's ground floor. Like vines, the swagged black cords from dozens of AIM pendants – Ronan and Erwan Bourollec's breakout design for Flos – make a contemporary statement across the unornamented ceiling.
Scattered like flowers in a garden, chairs and barstools in poppy, grey and white hues proliferate the dining area. Inspired by Thonet's Model No. 14, the softly curving legs and chair backs of the Punton Chairs are formed with steam soaked and bent wood. Precisely moulded wooden furniture demonstrate Czech brand TON's expertise with the material. Complementing TON's craftsmanship, a wooden counter and pair of strip lamps are formed with undulating curves which address the bakery's corner entrance and circulation.
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