There are many places in this world I wan't to go. Some for their culture, some for their landmarks and some for just the luxury of the warm sun basking down on my English shade of face. However I never imagined myself wanting to visit a place for its 'fruit and vegetables'.
Owoce i Warzywa is Polish for Fruits and Vegetables and is a bar located in the centre of Lodz (see the Google Map view at the bottom of this post). As the image above shows this place is a Pandora's Box of quirkiness and a haven for creative types. The Plywood bar is a mash up of different cuts of wood samples all painted in different shades of green within the blue spectrum.
This bohemian eclectic mix of various materials extends to the upholstery which is similar in shade variety to the bar. What makes this bar A. Successful and B. Interesting is the application of graphics to that masterfully scatter the walls. This graphical image comes across in a digital being through their fantastic website that is formed of quirky graphics and coloured blocks.
What most bars and restaurants do is hire a Graphic Designer along the lines of 'can you do me a website?' and that's that. What makes the real difference is being able to translate that brand into every item possible. This is a bespoke experience and therefore it gives the impression that the owners care about their image and care about the importance of Design and fundamentally how something they run looks. Their menus, coffee cups and even down to their loyalty cards are all identifiable as being part of this restaurant.
A great place with a great atmosphere not only needs great people but great Design. A Design doesn't just start with a building and end with an Interior. It is the finer detail as well that completes the whole experience and feel for a well designed space. Their niche doesn't just filter out to serving fine alcoholic beverages and superb local cuisine, they give the space an alternative use with hosting art house films and playing music as bonkers as the space itself.
If you're in the area or planning on visiting then have a gander at the map above. It is easily accessible by the Lodz tram system. If you fancy a look at their frankly amazing website then have a click click below. I'm off to have a look at some more superlatives now other than 'great'.