Pasta Maria, a venue conceived from a to z by architect Thomas Kröger, has now opened in the heart of Renzo Piano-designed Potsdamer Platz.
The space and its subdivision, the furniture, lighting, accessories and décor all spring from the designer’s own ideas: his vision for this novel environment is both surprising and instantly captivating.
The lighting fixtures have been developed together with a glass producer, and realized in spherical shapes with a twin-color layer, so that each piece sparkles with a unique iridescent shimmer.
The furniture has been custom-designed for the restaurant, and plays a role in the spatial arrangements. The banquettes are covered in rugged pigskin leather, which will take on a fine reddish nuance as it matures. In front of them, the designer’s only concession to serial production, you’ll find red Thonet chairs. Along the venue’s perimeter, on the window side, there is a long wooden counter, looking almost ecclesiastical, with a row of lecterns with copies of the Bible next to the menu.
A huge reproduction of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights triptych, affixed like wallpaper on one of the restaurant’s uneven walls, shows the painting in an ‘interrupted’, unusual form, lending a touch of
distinctive eccentricity to the ambience.
The restaurant’s floor is in Italian travertine and continues into the kitchen, which is visible in plain sight.
Pasta Maria is an interesting solution for an imaginative bistro, with an interior design that makes a strong impression – for the future too? – and where, perhaps, food comes second.