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GloboSushi – Global Glow

In continuation with our “restaurant design” tour of Moscow next place I’m going to take you is totally different from any other place you saw or will see in this tour later..

One word to describe it would most probably be “FUTURISTIC”…

It’s a sushi bar “GLOBOSUSHI”.

This restaurant is located on Noviy(New) Arbat street in THE HEART of Moscow. Don’t mix it with Stary(Old) Arbat street, which is one of the most historic streets of Moscow, full of tourists and souvenir shops, street artists and painters. Even this two streets  are located parallel to each other they are soooo different. See it yourself. Noviy Arbat street used to be  famous for its casinos. However since few years ago the gambling is forbidden, but the street is still shiny and full of lights. Now it’s full of restaurants of all types starting from russian traditional menu as well as interior and ending with futuristic Globosushi.

So Let’s go and check it out…

From the first look you can tell that the concept of the space is mostly based on color and it’s transformations.

All the furniture is made of clear plastic. Chairs, sofas, tables and everything else in the space is transparent.

You may wonder how comfy it may be to “lounge” on the plexiglass sofas.. well, for this reason some of them have cushions on.


If you choose to seat in the center of the space on the second floor you will have a choice of ordering from the menu or paying $40 and getting eat as much as you can from this cute transporter plus a hot dish. Fun Fact: the actual surface of this transporter is not moving at all. The trick is hidden under the surface and inside of the plates.

Magnets and most probably you have guessed already.

I’m sorry for the lack of views in the pictures but the restaurant didn’t let me make pictures so these are my spy camera shots :))

The lighting is created of lit translucent  tiles on the floor and ceiling. The colors of them are mostly different , like pink and blue or green and yellow. That  way  this simple lighting gives a lot. First of all it creates a fantastic gradient effect from ourside, and also it creates a diversity of colors and shades within the space .

It may look very uncomfortable because of bright colors and effect they may have on your vision. However, they thought of it! So the solution is simple.. most of the time they play with soft white, light blue, light pink and yellowish colors, but every 15 mins they have 5 mins of intense coloring like bright green(and you can feel like a Shrek), orange(Umpa lumpa?:)), red (who was red??) and dark blue..:))))

I hope you liked it…:)))

Also in the end of Novy Arbat you will find brand new Lotte Plaza which is a luxury trade center and a home for few restaurants and bars that I’m planning to cover in my next posts. So stay tuned..:))



Gorgeous Creatures…

Tonight, while browsing through some design related sites I’ve found myself one more page to bookmark. Looking through their collection I was just blown out and had no other words except amazing and gorgeous.

So, Ladys and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to amazing and gorgeous Shine Labs.

Shine Labs is a young design company created in 2009 and based in San Francisco. Shine Labs offers a meticulously curated collection of contemporary lighting and accessories that “shine” – artful objects that inspire a second look.

Owner James Henderson and in house designers Stephani Martinez and James Sampayan work in tandem with designers and artisans in the Far East to develop standout pieces that will delight the eye, amuse, or simply perform flawlessly.

Here are some amazing pieces from their collection:

Peacock Wire Votive and Seed Pod Votive are inspired by the liveliness of blooming fruit and flower pods.

Strips of felt move across a silk shade to form the Curve Pendant, reducing glare and creating a unique visual texture. Available in Ivory or Black. LOOOOOVE IT!!!

The Moire collection  of  pendants(Opium,Emperor, and Tibet Pendant) hangs in the aesthetic balance of being both modern minimal and classic traditional. Although the shapes are bold, these wireforms have a comfortable visual lightness that allows them to be at home in many architectural environments and situations.

Images via Shine Labs