Fancy eatery is full of beans after being shortlisted for prestigious interior design award
A Warsaw restaurant located in an old vodka factory has been shortlisted by the World Interiors News magazine for its 2019 restaurant award.
Zoni, which lies on the site of the old Koneser vodka distillery in the capital’s Praga district, is now in line to scoop one of the grander awards in interior architecture and design.
The magazine’s awards cover the best of interior design ranging from hospitals, homes, shops to transport hubs, and anybody who comes out on top when the winners are announced in October will get a prestigious feather in their cap.
On its website Zoni claims the restaurant “impresses the connoisseurs of sophisticated architecture”, and its interior has become regarded as one of most original in Warsaw.
With its red-brick walls reflecting the past of the distillery area, which has undergone a substantial redevelopment as a whole, Zoni uses a wide range of industrial elements harking back to the days when litres of vodka rolled off the now-defunct production lines.
The interior is the brainchild of architect Mirosław Nizio, the founder of the Warsaw-based firm Nizio Design International. Nizio, who is also a co-owner of the restaurant, specialises in revitalisation and museum projects so had the necessary experience for converting an old factory building into a leading restaurant.
His firm is also in the running to get an East Centric Architext Award—a prize showcasing the best in architecture in Central and Eastern Europe—for its work on the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in WWII in eastern Poland.
Zoni, which is one of only a few European venues to make the World Interiors News Awards’ shortlist, goes up against restaurants from the likes of Australia, the Maldives, China and Austria in the battle to win the 2019 award.