Our design for the Mulberry patisserie in Riga acknowledges the history, reputation and ambience of the so-called ‘Quiet Centre’ neighbourhood. It’s characterised by historical grandeur, manicured parks and well-to-do residents. Mulberry is located on the ground floor of an authentic Art Nouveau building by renowned architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns. The 20th century building has just recently been restored to its original glory and is now among Riga’s most high-end historical apartment complexes. We chose to marry the interior with the exterior through the colour scheme. The colour of the mulberry was also a symbolic source of inspiration.
To honour history, we introduced 21st century interpretations of the wall panelling and cornices which had disappeared from the ground floor space. The furniture is a modern take on classic pieces. We embraced rich materials like velvet, marble, brass and wood. The flowing shapes of the furniture are a nod to Art Nouveau. The bespoke counter is both eye-catching and functional as it serves to display the meticulously crafted pastries and cakes.
The dining area is designed to encourage a slow enjoyment and celebrating life’s little moments. Cosy window seats lure passers-by to take a break and indulge. A handmade wall decor honours the craftsmanship and skill of the pastry chefs. The collage is made of sieves, spoons and spatulas. It references just how much work and attention goes into every pastry. This incredible attention to detail was also a guiding principle for us in the overall design of the Mulberry patisserie.