After the success of the Encs-based sister duo, Anyukám mondta and Pizza, Kávé, Világbéke Miskolc, they recently opened a new restaurant in Debrecen. The concept of PKV Debrecen is similar to its Miskolc big brother: artisan Roman pizza and quality coffee in a funky environment.
Aliz Matisz and Judit Baráth were responsible for the interior design. We asked Aliz.
What concept did the owners approach you with, and how much freedom did you get to work with?
The predecessor of the Világbéke in Debrecen was the Világbéke in Miskolc, so we didn’t start from scratch, but the owners didn’t want to have the same design as the other bistro—apart from a few dedicated elements. The concept was to create a Roman-style pizzeria and café in an unexpected and bold interior, which I was given complete freedom to create while respecting the rules of service and consumption functions. I am usually unable to reduce my ideas to stereotypical, trendy styles, but this time the space itself provided the inspiration for the style concept.
What kind of atmosphere were you aiming to create?
First, I envisioned a contemporary brutalist environment, with pillars and walls stripped back to concrete, followed by sanding back the previous layers of paint on the walls for a more picturesque atmosphere. This was finally only achieved in the kitchen, on one wall section, and another concept became the final one, in which the space was divided into two content units. We wanted the guest space to feel like a museum, and the kitchen area was conceived as a workshop, predestining the art of making pizza, bread and coffee. I was inspired by the atmosphere of museums and museum cafés, spiced up with an Italian feel, and also by the wildlife and folk costumes of the Hortobágy.
Which elements do you consider the most important for the interior design of the place?
Creating a wall surface was the primary element of the stylistic design, followed by the studio window, which gives an insight into the secrets of bread and pizza making. Also important are the sculptures, the work table nature of the two private and communal tables, the sky armchairs upholstered in “textile sheepskin,” the Dolce Vita neon signs, and the mural by Attila Stark, who condensed all of the above into one image.
Designers Aliz Matisz, Judit Baráth, Lighting design: Solinfo, Dóra Varga
Renders: Hella Sarnyai