Chico’s Restaurant | Amerikka Design Office

Amerikka Design Office had created a new space concept for this restaurant, designed to support its new food, drink and service concept.

It’s located in Espoo, Finland.

Description by Amerikka Design Office:

The Chico’s restaurant chain has been serving North American food to Finns since 1991. In spring 2012, the chain’s time-honoured Iso Omena (‘Big Apple’) restaurant was reopened with a bold new interior. Amerikka Design Office Ltd. had created a new space concept for the restaurant, designed to support its new food, drink and service concept. Visually, the restaurant underwent a complete transformation.

Diners and staff alike have felt at home in the restaurant: there has been positive feedback on its atmosphere, its spicy details and its solutions which make it easier to serve customers. The positivity is reflected in business figures, too.

The visual standpoint for the restaurant’s look is modern-day USA, manifested through a wild mix of urban pulse and human warmth. The restaurant interior is marked by bold expression, beautifully fading surfaces, genuine materials and murals by painters Juha Lahtinen and Samuli Suonperä.

The restaurant premises are designed to function seamlessly through all seasons and to serve a wide range of requirements. Chico’s invites customers to enjoy lunch, a drink or dinner on their own or with friends. To support the staff in their work, the restaurant facilities also comply with the chain’s service model. The change has been a success and a delight for customers and staff alike.


Design Office: Amerikka Design Office

Location: Espoo, Finland


Albabel Restaurant | Masquespacio

The Albabel Restaurant is located in Picanya, Spain.

It was designed by Masquespacio.

Description by Masquespacio:

Masquespacio presents the design for Albabel’s new restaurant in Picaña, a small town 8 km away from Valencia.
Antonio Ramirez was managing his pizzeria Albabel during more than 20 years in Picaña when he decided to contact Masquespacio, having a dream to convert his old restaurant in a completely new one. Being passionate about gastronomy both on a national as international level, Antonio since a few years had the wish to offer a new food concept that fusions the Mediterranean kitchen with some Andalusian from its own roots and a touch of international ingredients. For this new adventure, counting with the support of his brother Rafael he aspired to have a space in which he could feel like at home.
Christophe Penasse: “Many of the clients that contact us are seeking to fulfill a dream and this time it wasn’t different. In that cases our own clients many times are our source of inspiration and the starting point of a design with which they could feel identified.”
That way the new space for Albabel in Picaña is clearly inspired by the Andalusian roots from their founders, through recognizable materials from the south of Spain like raffia, earth bricks, plants and overall decorative elements. The design seeks to fusion the most eclectic part of Andalusia with the sophistication of their craftsmanship. Like usual in many projects from Masquespacio, above the project includes a touch of explosive colors combined with patterns that represent the graphic inspiration of the Spanish creative consultancy.
To be enlightened on the other hand is the use of olive wood furniture, including some chairs and stools made exclusively for the project with the most common wood in the south of Spain.

Ana Milena Hernández Palacios: “We love to fulfill the dreams of our clients. Their passion for their job makes us to be connected closely to them and allows us to have the privilege to enjoy our work on a daily base.”


Design Office: Masquespacio

Location: Picanya, Spain
Photographs: Luis Beltran