Althaus, a recently opened restaurant off a bustling walking street in the centrer of Gdynia, Poland, offers traditional Bavarian cuisine served in an unexpected setting—an inviting mix of rustic Southern German and modern chic with a lot of wood paneling. The space, designed by Hanna Bialic and Jakub Piórkowski of PB/Studio in nearby Gdansk, in collaboration with Filip Kozarski, extends over two stories, and shifts atmospherically: some rooms feature cowhide-covered seating and outsized gingham tablecloths, others green velvet and custom copper lighting. It all adds up to the most stylish Bavarian restaurant we've come across.
Above: Althaus has a modern facade with long windows that provide diners with an elevated view of street life.
Above: The designers embraced Bavarian woodcrafting traditions and tweaked them, creating a warm, entirely wood-paneled, two-toned entry. The floor is covered with handmade Moroccan-style concrete tiles by Purpura.
Above: The combination of old and new continues in the ground floor dining room where, under a wood-paneled ceiling, built-in-banquettes are paired with chairs upholstered in cowhide.The simple farm tables were custom-made for the space.
Above: Lit by industrial pendant lights, the settings, with their outsized checks and clean white enamelware, present a fresh take on Bavarian folk style.
Above: Against contemporary bleached-wood paneling, a grandmotherly sideboard displays Bavarian beer steins and dishes.
Above: The ambiance shifts as you make your way to the top level, from farm-styled dining area to fancy bar.
Above: Custom-made brass lighting hangs over the stair prompting the tone shift between the first and second floors. The pipe-like lights were created by the design team.
Above: On the upper floor, the bar and buffet areas are painted a bottle green, referencing traditional Bavarian style. Green velvet banquette seating follows along the wood-paneled wall adding a glamorous touch. The black chairs, Fotel 24, are made by Polish company Ton.
Above: Oak flooring, paneling, and tabletops tie together the white brick space. Industrial lights are here mixed in with luxurious brass pendants.
Above: Open wooden shelving displays German wine and books. Wood paneling is offset by a wall tiled with faceted white subway-stye tiles from Art De Vivre.
Above L: A custom wall-mounted brass lamp. Above R: A wood-framed round mirror against a wood-paneled wall.
Above L: The dining room's white brick tiles by Polish company Art De Vivre and wood accents carry over to the women's bathroom, which has octagonal floor tiles by Dunin. Above R: The men's room presents glossy black tiles from Dunin paired with a wooden vanity and a black-and-white checkerboard floor.
Above: Even the waiters are dressed in neo-Bavarian folk style. For more details, visit Althaus.
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