Poke restaurant JIGI Poke designed by Vaust in Berlin

Vaust designs a new Berlin-style poke restaurant

Berlin-based design studio Vaust creates concrete and poke stone restaurant in the heart of the city

JIGI Poke is a new poke restaurant in Berlin that forgoes the sunset colors and tropical patterns of most other poke places in favor of a raw, industrial approach. The space was designed by Vaust, a young design studio that won a Wallpaper * Design Award 2020 for their ‘Toy’ sculptures.

The sculpture series offered three different “perceptions of Berlin” using stacked discs of various materials to represent a particular moment in the city’s history. One design, a tower comprising polished brass, MDF ivory and oak salvaged from the Berliner Stadtschloss, pays homage to the town’s 18th century; another, a stack of steel, latex and black marble, represents its modern reputation for hedonism and nightclub.

Vaust brings a brutalist flavor to the poke restaurant

Vaust is a typical Berlin studio. Its two designers, Joern Scheipers and David Kosock, create bold, heavy and monochrome decorative objects and interiors that harmonize with the characteristic aesthetic of the city. JIGI Poke is a natural continuation of their work, with its dramatic combination of concrete and stone textures in shades of gray and beige.

Two diamond-shaped concrete tables dominate the center of the space. They are surrounded by a handful of stools made from tree trunks or pieces of stone. The layout allows for a spacious and common seating plan that leaves plenty of room for visitors while encouraging conversation.

“This project is about re-evaluating ideas of hospitality in times of pandemic,” say the designers. “Customers place their orders at a stand-alone checkout, which transfers the task to an isolated preparation lab where the bowls are processed. The customer takes a seat and collects the tray once notified. The process avoids unnecessary crowds and waiting situations. ‘

The menu is a selection of typical poke bowl ingredients – salmon, tofu, edamame – embellished with bizarre twists like a “hot banana” sauce and a spicy “crunchy Mexican” garnish.

Overall, the space is free but not uninviting. The severity of the stools and tables is offset by warm beige walls and breezy linen curtains, while a black-and-white image of a Hawaiian fisherman is projected onto the wall.

“A man sitting on a rock with just the essentials on his body is getting his gear ready to go out and hunt,” the Vaunt couple said. “We appreciate the privacy, poise and honesty in this situation.” §

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