Restaurant Savoy by Alvar and Aino Aalto Now Open After Renovation by Studioilse

Following a six-month renovation, Artek has introduced the official opening of Restaurant Savoy, a cultural landmark in Helsinki initially designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto. Artek, in collaboration with the Alvar Aalto Basis, labored with Ilse Crawford to finish the renovation and restoration.

Since its preliminary opening in 1937, numerous renovations and refurbishments had altered the unique Aalto idea. Whereas making the mandatory updates, Studioilse up to date the restaurant structure to replicate the unique proportions of the interiors, sourcing data from archival imagery and the Aalto’s sketches. Studioilse additionally restored all the unique constructions and joinery all through the area.

“Our work takes its cue from the unique 1937 Aalto inside, taking the restaurant again to its unique whereas refreshing it for right now,” Crawford mentioned. “Savoy wanted a little bit of restore and a bit of affection, nevertheless it did not want reinventing.”

The inside of Restaurant Savoy is a testomony to Alvar and Aino Aalto’s useful, human-centered design course of, with a concentrate on snug furnishings and high-quality supplies. Somewhat than alter the unique aesthetic, Studioilse refreshed the interiors for right now. Iconic Artek items, such because the Chair 611, the Savoy Membership Chair, and ‘Golden Bell’ Pendant gentle, had been carried out into the unique inside and stay to at the present time. The up to date interiors present the right setting for Chef Helena Puolakka, whose mission is to create experiences that respect the historical past of the Savoy however really feel inspiring and related within the 2020s.

Images: Anton Sucksdorff © Restaurant Savoy

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