HUMANS SEAFOOD BAR
Whilst the country is effectively on lockdown and with no new project openings in sight, we thought we’d continue to celebrate design by looking at projects of note that have opened within the last few years.
This gem of a restaurant opened in 2018 in Moscow.
It was featured in Wallpaper* Magazine who referred to the concept as “a sea a change for themed restaurants.”
Designed by Yuna Megre of MEGRE INTERIORS, the idea was to create the feeling of being under the sea where the drifting tides ebb and flow above and around you.
Humans Seafood Bar is situated in the most trendy district of Moscow, the Patriarch Ponds, and is custom-tailored to provide a sub-marine experience.
MEGRE INTERIORS has created their own art-version of an underwater world intended, they say, to remind customers of the origins of humankind.
Upon arrival attention is immediately drawn to the walls and ceiling, where sheets of dark-grey textured mesh resemble waves.
Dining tables are designed with a flowing river-like blue inlay within them, a further reminder of the water theme.
Soft banquet sofas line the perimeter of the restaurant, while the bar stools spell out the restaurant’s name for all to see.
The design concept from Yuna Megre is “to feature the nature of the sea, the depths of the ocean, the fathomless seas that define the boundaries between light and darkness.
“We find this in the transition of the light walls and the contrasting textures and materials.
“Our eyes are entertained by the opposing elegant fabrics and the tough realist concrete furniture and steel-grilles we find on the walls.”
Yuna muses “We all came from the sea, there was no land on this planet, only the ocean, only its inhabitants.
“We wanted to take people back to that, to remind them of our origin.
“To create a journey of exploration of feelings and emotions one would feel underwater, submerged in the power of the ocean.
This was the idea behind the name, it is about what we would see, what we would feel from inside the ocean.”
The sophistication of the lighting at Humans is that almost every light-source has been concealed within the mesh to create shade and dappling.
The light has the feel of being indirect, of being sunlight that’s penetrated deep into the sea, illuminating the waters right down to their depths.
The grilles lend the effect of dynamically-flowing waves, picked out with gold highlights in a way that suggest floral compositions.
It’s a grille composition that was especially conceived and hand-shaped by the designers directly on-site.
Founded in 2008 by Yuna Megre, MEGRE INTERIORS is a Moscow and Los Angeles based creative house specializing in hospitality design.
One of their earliest projects was the interior creation of Mari Vanna in Knightsbridge, which was reviewed and loved by GS Magazine.
Yuna is known for her investigative and conceptual approach to design – providing a valuable asset to her hospitality clientele.
The practice has a team of over two dozen highly dedicated specialists – designers, architects, CGI artists, buyers and managers – who employ a team-based agile approach to creating breath-taking concepts while delivering quality design and documentation within tight time frames.
The team thoroughly evaluate each concept, taking into consideration all aspects of the project in question, rather than just aesthetics.
With completed and current projects in Moscow, St Petersburg, London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Leukerbad, Zurich, Geneva, Baku, Tbilisi, Dubai, amongst many others, MEGRE INTERIORS is a company with an international outlook.