Chicha

Peruvian cuisine in Neukölln.

 

Chicha is a Peruvian restaurant in Berlin Neukölln celebrating the vast culinary diversity of Peru.

 

Abstract symbols and metaphors illustrate the Peruvian culture and the history of the food served.

YEAR:

2015

 

MY ROLE:

Design Concept

 Interior Design

 Visualization

 Planing

 Photography

 

CONTEXT:

ett la benn

 

Friedelstrasse 34

12047 Berlin, Germany

 

chicha-berlin.de

WHY UDUKURI

 

Ceviche is the signature dish of Chicha and was created by the Japanese immigrants in Peru. Combining the raw fish of sushi and the intense flavors of Peruvian cuisine.

 

Udukuri is an old Japanese technique of refining wood surfaces. The soft parts of the wood is brushed out with a metal brush. Then the surface is painted with transparent finish and sanded to achieve a super soft and durable surface.

 

Mostly this is made with the most precious wood in a very minimalistic and invisible way. Like sushi.

 

The Udukuri Technique is used here in a different way. Brushing the cheapest wood and painting it with 3 layers of contrast-full colors and sanding it so that a color-full pattern is the result.

 

This interpretation of an old Japanese technique is the perfect metaphor for the food & beverage concept of Chicha.

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LAMPS

 

Street-food means to make something incredible with the simplest ingredients possible.

 

This approach is shown in the pendant lights. Combining three pendant bulbs and a wire triangle to a sort of minimalist chandelier.

 

Scalable to a seven-bulb-chandelier of this kind above the pisco bar.

PERU

 

Chicha is a cultural movement originating from the urbanization indigenous Peruvian communities, materialized by a graphic aesthetic and a musical style. This kind of posters is very typical and characteristic for the Peruvian street style.

 

One wall in the rather quite part of the restaurant is covered with fragments of original posters from the streets of Peru.

DARK ALLEY

 

Another aspect of real street food are the streets themselves.

 

Two opposing corners are completely black with light sources that differ in temperature from the rest of the restaurant.

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