Mediteranean bistro and bar called Paprika is situated near a little, but quite busy square in Prague. The area is mostly residential, however, a lot of hotels are located there and in the night time the neighboring metro station turns into a busy transition point.
The first impression of the space, that we redesigned and now serves to customers, was tightness and, even more insistently, the lack of light. And thus, these were the main concerns for developing the design. The entrance door with a window above provides the only natural light coming in, which couldn’t be changed, so we decided to work with various kinds of lighting. These have different purposes and different heights. Practically each seat has its individual bulb, pouring a soft light on the walls. On the ceiling, there are six different glass lampshades, decorating the newly discovered vault. The floor is covered with new light-colored tiles, creating a rectangular carpet, that marks the dinning zone. The right side from the entrance is equipped with wooden custom tables for more enjoyable sitting, the left side, on the other hand, consists of a single long bar counter for those who come alone, or are rushing. The walls are covered with birch plywood cladding, refined with thin vertical strips. Higher, above the tables, the strips turns into strains, which carry a number of shelfs with plants on each side. Further in the room, opposite the entrance, there is a staff zone, connected to the kitchen. At eye level, there is a shelf with a mirror in the back, which lengthens the room and reflects all the individual wall lights. Large menu dominates the upper part.
Photos: Stepan Klima, Kristyna Dvorakova