While architects and designers normally go to painstaking lengths to ensure their projects are immaculate, Polish designer Karina Wiciak intentionally played up the exposed seams of overlapping surfaces and partitions that come together to form the interior for Szwalnia.
Szwalnia (Polish for sewing room), takes its inspiration from the world of fashion’s back rooms, but Wiciak outfits the space with a minimalist sensibility and a dash of whimsy. White walls and floors look as though they’ve been sewn together; akin to a basic running stitch, black thread decorates the edge of surfaces. Glass-topped table bases are embellished similarly and feature faux handle holders – a nod to the ubiquitous cardboard box.
Large swaths of bright blue fabric delineate sections of the restaurant, hang behind the bar and loosely cover the stairs. What’s more, oversized metal sewing pins enhance the sewing room theme as they form the balustrades and chair backrests. Small poufs resembling pin cushions are peppered throughout the space and pendants that take the shape of tassels hover above the dining tables and bar. The wall behind the bar is embellished with enlarged knobs, identical to those found on vintage sewing machines, with a metal cable running through them.
Szwalnia is the eighth space out of 12 thematic interiors Wiciak has created for her XII series, a project that seeks to fuse architecture and scenography by creating commercial spaces according to a specific theme. A new room is created every month and previous interiors have been influenced by slaughterhouses, transmission tower-dotted fields, and an aviary. Though all the interiors in the collection are unused, it is possible to commission adaptations of each space and its furnishings.