A former sponge factory turns into an artistic bistro
Located at the Harbour of Simi Island in Greece, LOS (Lobster, Oysters, Sushi), is a high end bistro bar and art gallery, housed in a historic building. What’s special about that building is that once was a sponge factory and a home of a merchant who created the first modern equipment for sponge diving.
Input Creative Studio, a New York based design firm, created an interior with many references to the building’s history and Greek culture. The facade of the building was restored following the traditional colour palette of the island but with an addition of a modern signage and lighting. The playful signage, invites you into an artistic and alternative interior. An installation of copper pipes and light bulbs forms a dynamic movement, miming the shape of a sponge. Following the same concept, the bar is composed of porous concrete that mimics the texture of a natural sponge.
The combination of bold geometric tiles and copper pipes along with the lighting installation, result in a sophisticated and artistic place. The graphic fabric used for the sofas and stools, is just a sample of how the design team managed to establish a great mixture of traditional and modern details. However, what amazed me are those custom made brass tables. They are so incredibly unique. At LOS, minimal and contemporary design meets tradition, to create a space full of unexpected surprises.