Dinette Bistro & BarMichael Webb • Photography by Marcin Pawlowski • March 2, 2017
After World War II, the German city of Breslau became Wroclaw, Poland, and because of its mixed heritage, it has preserved a legacy of landmark modern buildings from the Weimar era, including the one that houses upscale bistro, chic bar, and cheerful blond-wood café Dinette.
Located in the ground floor of a former department store near the city’s historic center, it’s the third—and most ambitious—eatery that locally based Buck Studio, established by Dominika and Pawel Buck, has created for owner Jola Jurkowlaniec. “When we decided to open in the city center, we wanted to give Dinette a stylish Polish character that would make it a destination,” says Jurkowlaniec.
The 4,000-square-foot rectangular space has lofty ceilings with original display windows framing views of a popular pedestrian street. Because of this, the designers were tasked with seamlessly blending the three distinct areas the client had specified. “The bakery-café gets the morning light, while the bistro extends back and has a more serious evening character, though both are used throughout the day,” says Dominika, adding they handled the branding and furniture design. The malachite green glass bar area, which sits in the middle, ties the two areas together. Inspired by the entrance to Adolf Loos’ 1928 Villa Müller near Prague, “the glass is layered to give it depth and serves as a backdrop to the wood shelves and an array of bottles, while opening up to the kitchen,” she adds.
Almost all of the materials (save for the Italian marble on the bar) are locally sourced, demonstrating Poland’s high level of craftsmanship. This is evident in the joinery, from the end-grain oak parquet floor to the circular wooden slats fronting the bar, and a massive geometric wall cupboard near the entrance. “In the café, we varied the traditional checkerboard pattern of the ceramic tile floor, giving it a jazzy rhythm as it nears the parquet,” says Dominika, while an organically shaped communal table anchors the space, complementing custom triangular barstools.