Dutch design practice Studio Modijefsky and studio Molen are the creative mind behind The Roast Room, an trendy new arrival on Amsterdam’s dining scene that specialises in meat.
Studio Modijefsky designs interior spaces on different scales. Within these spaces boundaries are crossed and new dimensions start existence. Designs where a landscape is created within an interior, and an interior within a landscape. Architecture can be found within furniture design, and furniture becomes a new interior. Interiors where people are made aware of their environment, and are nourished by the space.
Studio Molen works on sculptural projects: from site-specific designs to autonomous works of art.The studio works on projects such as public art commissions, interiors for restaurants, design concepts for buildings and unique light sculptures. However varying these projects are, the common thread running through them is a deep interest in the artificial and natural elements of our surroundings, in public space, the context of a place and the interaction with its users.
The latest project of Dutch chef Michiel Deenik, the restaurant spans two floors and is equipped with every tool and contraption imaginable for preparing all kinds of meat, including its own little butcher’s corner featuring a rather theatrical wheel for opening and closing its front window.
The Roast Room’s mascot, The Butcher, a plump figure with a long nose, appears in various forms around the space: in a drawing of him pasted on the front window, or as a shiny statue standing in the kitchen, while his chopped-off leg is the restaurant’s logo and can also be found hanging outside the main contemporary entrance.
Other unique features include the bronze work which was custom-designed by Studio Molen especially, seen in details from the beaded door handles to the imposing black-and-gold Ginger Blimp chandelier. Ultimately, The Roast Room is a space where the art of the sculptor meets the art of the chef, resulting in a dialogue that imbues the space with an air of uniqueness and playful refinement.
photos © Maarten Willemstein.