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Berlin Restaurant REMI by Ester Bruzkus Architekten Reflects the Ethos of its Chefs

The dining area is defined by custom cabinetry made from deep red MDF and banquettes made from light plywood with curry-colored upholstery. Photography courtesy of Ester Bruzkus Architekten and by ©Robert Rieger.  

When chefs Lode van Zuylen and Stijn Remi described their approach to sourcing quality ingredients and transforming them into signature dishes, the design team at Ester Bruzkus Architekten took that work ethic to heart, creating the duo's latest restaurant venture in Berlin's central borough, Mitte. The recently completed REMI restaurant, which features an expansive open kitchen at its center, reflects the chefs' ethos down to every detail. Diners are treated to a playful yet sophisticated atmosphere outfitted with materials that work together much like diverse ingredients in a meal. Unfinished perforated aluminum, rough stucco, vibrant medium-density fiberboard cabinetry, transparent lacquered birch, pale blue curtains, and stainless steel all complement the natural deep red granite used throughout.

The design aesthetic spotlights the inherent qualities of each material, further defining the space, while overhead neon tube lighting guides guests from the entrance to the dining area. "An important goal of the design was to retain the feeling of openness that comes from the high exposed concrete ceilings and the expansive glass fronts on either side of the restaurant," the designers note. To do this, the team created a simplistic design scheme punctuated by layers of texture and color, making use of the existing architectural details in the site, which sits in the ground floor of the new Suhrkamp Verlag building by Bundschuh Architekten. REMI, like many carefully curated meals, is unassuming at a glance, yet the space reveals endless surprises to diners around each corner—and on every plate. 

Overhead rings of light guide guests to their tables, while a triangular welcome desk resolves the complicated geometry of the site. Photography courtesy of Ester Bruzkus Architekten and by ©Robert Rieger. 
Guests enter the dining area by passing the open kitchen. Photography courtesy of Ester Bruzkus Architekten and by ©Robert Rieger.  
Red MDF cabinetry offers a cohesive thread of color throughout the space. Photography courtesy of Ester Bruzkus Architekten and by ©Robert Rieger. 
The Remi Table is designed by Ester Bruzkus Architekten. Photography courtesy of Ester Bruzkus Architekten and by ©Robert Rieger.  
The dining area furniture, provided by Studio Coucou, combines custom tables in fine plywood, polished steel and Forbo linoleum with chairs by Please Wait To Be Seated, as well as custom wood banquettes upholstered in corduroy fabric by Kvadrat and lighting by Valerie ObjectsPhotography courtesy of Ester Bruzkus Architekten and by ©Robert Rieger. 
For this MDF piece, each fiber is stained with color, revealing a homogenous interior. Photography courtesy of Ester Bruzkus Architekten and by ©Robert Rieger. 

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