|Design, Interior Design
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|El Born studio
|Ilya Gulyants and Katya Alagich
Located in the centre of St. Petersburg, Russia, Shana is a Mediterranean restaurant that eschews the typical iconography of rustic clichés often embraced by similar establishments for a cosy authenticity of well-worn elegance and crisp detailing. Part of Russian restaurant group Ginza Project, the eatery was designed by architect Katya Alagich and architectural designer and owner of El Born studio Ilya Gulyants as a reflection of its vibrant cuisine of casual sophistication which predominantly draws from Israeli recipes.
The restaurant unfolds across four consecutive spaces, featuring an open kitchen with seating along the counter, communal tables, a bar and a lounge-like dining area with comfortable sofas. Swathed in earthy tones intermingled with a vibrant palette of green, purple, mustard and deep blue, the interiors combines the well-worn casualness of unvarnished floorboards, weathered plasterwork and distressed mirrors, which have been manually patinated, with the elegant craftsmanship of brass, marble and glass details. By harmoniously mixing such contrasting elements, the designers have created a relaxed yet elegant environment, enhanced by the interplay of rough, polished and velvety textures, while the use of floor-to-ceiling curtains and candlelight imbue intimacy.
The designers paid particular attention to the décor’s details, from the selection of brass and glass light pendants, and the collection of paintings inspired by the modernist architecture of the old district of Jaffa in Tel Aviv, to the marble windowsills and the bespoke candlesticks on the tables which Katya and Ilya designed because they couldn’t find the finish they were looking for. The brass candlesticks have actually gone on to become a kind of symbol for Shana, encapsulating the restaurant’s sense of intimacy, effortless elegance and genuine charm.