Background

Robusto, robust: strong; hardy; vigorous

The premises of the restaurant Robusto are steeped in a rich history: originally constructed as a cable factory with a unique floor plan circling the entire block, the space was later transformed into an exhibition space for The University of the Arts Helsinki. The restaurant’s design pays homage to its past, offering a gallery inspired ambiance with robust features and industrial surfaces.

Client
Robusto

Location
Helsinki

Area
412 m²

Year
2023

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Strategy

A new entrance on the Telakkakatu side of the building was designed to integrate Robusto into the vibrant and creative neighbourhood. The culinary vision of the restaurateur duo Kari “Kape” Aihinen and Olli Kolu is rooted in classic gastronomy, presenting a menu that captures the essence of different seasons with straightforward and authentic flavours.

Delivery

The expansive open kitchen serves as a stage for the culinary craft, complemented by a grand bar countertop situated by its side. The fusion of classical furniture and modern materials creates a distinctive atmosphere marked by interesting contrasts. Art takes centre stage within the premises, with the art collector Ari Tolppanen’s curated pieces paying homage to the building’s former exhibition use while composing a unique narrative that aligns with the establishment’s gritty yet classy aesthetic. The art collection was curated by Helsinki Contemporary’s Katja Räisänen.

The design boldly exposes and utilizes different factory-like features. The refined original floor, showcasing remnants of its industrial past, matches with the exposed technical ceiling and old stairs. The rough textures of these surfaces juxtapose with the carefully curated lighting, furniture, and art, creating an inviting and compelling dining experience together with the grand open kitchen.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Anu Latvala

Head of Concepts
Interior Architect

anu.latvala@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 501 6405

Sami Ourila

Interior Architect
Designer

sami.ourila@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 6789891

Silja Kantokorpi

Interior Architect
Designer

silja.kantokorpi@fyra.fi

+358 (0)44 031 0899

Background

Bathed in dark tones and interesting contrasts, the dimly illuminated interior draws inspiration from the distinctive aesthetic of the traditional British pub culture. Mystical and dramatic undertones find harmony with feminine softness in the finer details. In line with the signature style of culinary duo Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas, The Rook exudes a relaxed atmosphere.

Client
The Rook

Location
Helsinki

Area
200 m²

Year
2023

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski & Jarno Jussila

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Strategy

Located within a historic building in the Punavuori neighbourhood of Helsinki, the ambiance of the restaurant is crafted from materials characterized by patina and grit. Bespoke designs by Fyra, including fixed furniture and table lamps, add original and distinctive tones to the premises. Preserving the historical essence of the building, the original spatial arrangement and architecturally fitting materials resonate throughout the space.

Delivery

The premises consists of a bar and a restaurant area, with an intriguing addition—a secret cabinet tucked away behind a hidden door fashioned as a turning bookshelf. The mix of materials and classic British racing green serve as symbolic representations of the restaurant’s concept.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Elisa Ryhänen-Derrett

Interior Architect
Designer

elisa.ryhanen-derrett@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 539 6900

Maija Leskelä

Interior Architect
Furniture Designer
M.A. (Cultural Anthropology)

maija.leskela@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 041 2322

Hotel Torni, standing tall with its thirteen stories, has stood as a prominent city landmark in Helsinki since its establishment in 1931. A significant transformation took place in 2018 when the hotel underwent an extensive renovation, Fyra taking charge of the interior design for the restaurant, bars, and reception area.

Client
Sokotel

Location
Helsinki

Area
1657 m²

Year
2022

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details
Hotel Torni design by Fyra, gorgeous flooring
Hotel Torni design by Fyra close up on furniture details

Background

Drawing inspiration from the iconic building’s rich history guided the forming of the design concept. The objective was to craft elements that are both unexpected and refined, while also paying homage to the building’s original architecture and historical significance. This endeavor has given rise to uniquely charming atmospheres within the bar and restaurant spaces.

The historical role of Torni as a gathering spot for numerous Finnish cultural influencers is echoed in the bohemian ambiance of the bars and restaurant. Running parallel to the renovation, an art project seamlessly integrated new artworks into Torni’s already impressive collection, blending diverse styles from various eras.

Hotel Torni design by Fyra, lounge area
Hotel Torni design by Fyra lounge area at the bar
Hotel Torni design by Fyra, bar

Strategy & Delivery

Located on the 13th floor of the hotel, accessible via a slender spiral staircase, rests the renowned Ateljee Bar. This establishment provides panoramic views in four distinct directions, granting a sweeping glimpse of Helsinki’s rooftops. As part of the renovation, the Ateljee Bar was expanded to the 12th floor’s cabinet area, now easily reachable via an elevator connection. This extension enhances the overall accessibility of the bar and augments its seating capacity.

In the design of the rooftop bar, materials were thoughtfully selected to complement rather than compete with the impressive views. The integration of mirrored surfaces was chosen to amplify these vistas, creating an environment where the surrounding scenery takes center stage.

Hotel Torni Design by Fyra, Ateljee Bar.
Hotel Torni Design by Fyra, Ateljee Bar.
Hotel Torni Design by Fyra, Ateljee Bar.

Located at the ground level of the building, the restaurant OR introduces a captivating fusion of diverse styles interwoven with bold use of colors to establish a bohemian ambiance that places art at the forefront. The restoration of the American Bar to its initial position beneath the central dome of the hotel stands as a prominent achievement, with the contours of the new bar counter mirroring the dome’s architecture. Adding to the bar’s dark and sophisticated allure are the exquisite lamps designed by Paavo Tynell.

Hotel torni design by Fyra, the restaurant OR
Hotel torni, design by Fyra, the restaurant OR
Hotel torni, design by Fyra, the restaurant OR, close up

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Emma Keränen

Hospitality Development Lead
Interior Architect

emma.keranen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 545 9992

Silja Kantokorpi

Interior Architect
Designer

silja.kantokorpi@fyra.fi

+358 (0)44 031 0899

Background

Finland’s first Radisson RED hotel opened its doors in the autumn of 2023, with Fyra being responsible for the implementation of the brand’s signature interior concept. Located in the corner of Kaisaniemi Park, the building by Anttinen Oiva Architects stands as a distinctive landmark.

Client
Sokotel

Location
Helsinki

Year
2023

Partners
Anttinen Oiva Architects

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Strategy

details of a modern restaurant

Fyra’s implementation of Radisson RED’s signature concept fuses the local Nordic ambience and bold architectural elements with the recognizable visual identity of the brand. Nestled on the fringe of the city center within a spacious park, the building’s expansive windows provide captivating views of the park and the city scape. The interior design choices strategically enhance the essence of the views with its subtle yet dark material palette.

Delivery

Leaving the rough concrete surfaces exposed contributes to an authentic and laid-back ambiance. Throughout the public spaces, a blend of raw surfaces and warm dark wood creates an inviting atmosphere. The lighting scheme plays a vital role in shaping the ambiance, especially in the multi-use restaurant that seamlessly transitions from breakfast to dinner. The design of the rooms carefully follows the Radisson RED’s concept, incorporating its colour scheme, surface materials and art.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Anu Latvala

Head of Concepts
Interior Architect

anu.latvala@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 501 6405

Jasmin Wegelius

Interior Architect
Designer

jasmin.wegelius@fyra.fi

+358 (0)400 426 926

Silja Kantokorpi

Interior Architect
Designer

silja.kantokorpi@fyra.fi

+358 (0)44 031 0899

Background

Nestled in the heart of Helsinki, Gina is a charming Italian bistro that transports diners to nostalgic Italy. Operated by Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas, the new restaurant infuses a breath of fresh Southern European air into Helsinki’s culinary scene by serving traditional Italian delicacies with a contemporary twist.

Client
Bistro Gina

Location
Helsinki

Area
400 m²

Year
2023

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski & Jarno Jussila

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Strategy

The restaurant’s aesthetics create a laid-back and vibrant dining experience. The front section of the restaurant features a spacious but intimate bar, extending its welcoming atmosphere into the late-night hours. Throughout the space, sturdy pillars establish a strong rhythm, naturally dividing the restaurant into distinct sections and enhancing its functionality. The interior design seamlessly blends relaxed, natural surface materials with elegant, refined details.

Delivery

The expansive open kitchen offers customers a view of the cooking process, bringing the culinary craft right into the dining hall. Mirrored walls generate intriguing reflections, adding depth to the setting. The fixed furniture creates cozy corners for customers to enjoy dinner and drinks on their own privacy, while the gracefully flowy bespoke ceiling light fixtures infuse the space with a unique charm. This multi-layered ensemble elevates the dining experience, offering a blend of classic and modern aesthetics.

With the tasteful and intricate details complemented by warm hues of red and gracefully aging materials, Gina’s design delivers a distinctive and memorable visual concept.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Elisa Ryhänen-Derrett

Interior Architect
Designer

elisa.ryhanen-derrett@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 539 6900

Maija Leskelä

Interior Architect
Furniture Designer
M.A. (Cultural Anthropology)

maija.leskela@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 041 2322

Mimmu Hirvonen

Interior Architect SIO
Designer

mimmu.hirvonen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 4127214

Ravintola Kappeli

Located in the very heart of Helsinki, restaurant Kappeli has served as a meeting place for Finnish poets, writers, and artists since its opening in 1867. Taking inspiration from the building’s original architecture and placing an emphasis on its unique cultural history created the foundation for the renovations in 2021, for which Fyra was responsible for the interior design concept.

Client
HOK-Elanto

Location
Helsinki

Year
2022

Partners
Helsinki City Museum

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Background

rounded sofa in a wall niche near elegant wall moldings, mild earthy colors. Kappeli resaurant in Helsinki

The City Museum of Helsinki acted as a partner in the renovation of the protected property. During the process all the extra layers that had developed over time were removed and the space was adorned with a composed elegance that complemented its original character.

Delivery

Alongside fixed furniture a unique, quietly decorative Kappeli chair was designed to be used in both the restaurant and the café part of the premises. Art has played a pivotal role at Kappeli throughout its history. The emphasize the signifance of the unique art of Kappeli, the art pieces were repostioned during the renovation.

As well as emphasizing art, the lighting design sought to draw attention to the unique details of historic architecture. The restored Kappeli reflects the heritage and history of the property in a splendid, welcoming setting.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Anu Latvala

Head of Concepts
Interior Architect

anu.latvala@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 501 6405

Jasmin Wegelius

Interior Architect
Designer

jasmin.wegelius@fyra.fi

+358 (0)400 426 926

Silja Kantokorpi

Interior Architect
Designer

silja.kantokorpi@fyra.fi

+358 (0)44 031 0899

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Helsinki

Completed in 1952, the Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Helsinki is a landmark of the functionalist era. Fyra’s mission was to update the hotel venues but at the same time, preserve the atmosphere of the 50s and respect the original design.

Client
Sokotel

Location
Helsinki, Finland

Area
1492 m²

Year
2020

Partners
Helsinki City Museum

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Awards

Dezeen Awards 2021:
Short Stay Interior (longlisted)

Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2021:
Hotel (shortlisted)

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Background

During the decades, the building was both repaired and renovated, so the key function was to visually unify the different parts of the building. In the process, lobby areas, rooms, floor corridors as well as the 10th floor restaurant were renewed. The former 5th floor of the Sokos department store was transformed to new hotel rooms.

Strategy & Delivery

In the renovation of the hotel, as much as possible of the original was kept – for example doors and brass numbering were preserved and refurbished and the old armchairs were re-upholstered. Unity was also created by bringing similar bird reliefs to the rooms as in the lobby areas. The lobby reception desk was renovated and at the same time the original furniture and lamps were refurbished.

The 10th floor restaurant hall is a partially protected site with many culturally and historically valuable elements such as the original chandeliers designed by Paavo Tynell. As the key factor of the restaurant is the view over the center of Helsinki, the obstructions in front of the view were removed to open the landscape even more, and the terrace was completely renovated. The restaurant is designed to operate from morning to night by modifying the lighting and different types of furniture.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Niina Sihto

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
WP and Concepts

niina.sihto@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 508 0332

Tiina Närkki

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
WP and RE development

tiina.narkki@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 536 3530

Elisa Ryhänen-Derrett

Interior Architect
Designer

elisa.ryhanen-derrett@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 539 6900

Jasmin Wegelius

Interior Architect
Designer

jasmin.wegelius@fyra.fi

+358 (0)400 426 926

Merja Virkkunen

Architect
Principal Designer

merja.virkkunen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 515 3697

Restaurant Bardot by top chef Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas in the Helsinki city center is focused on classic French cuisine.The interior is based on French bistro aesthetics and Brigitte Bardot – the idea was to create an uplifting and international restaurant interior.

Client
Bardot

Location
Helsinki

Area
210 m²

Year
2020

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Background

Bardot is located in an old Art Nouveau building – the classic architecture was also a source of inspiration in the design. The team wanted to display the food and cooking to the customers, so part of the kitchen was integrated into the restaurant hall.

Strategy & Delivery

The functionality of the space was increased with the bar, where the restaurant can expand when full, otherwise the bar is an independent part of the restaurant with its own entrance. The lighting of the venue is flexible and emphasizes the functionality and warm atmosphere of the space. The French atmosphere was also sought in the furniture by using vintage pieces. The fixed furniture designed by Fyra was ordered from Finnish carpenters.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Anu Latvala

Head of Concepts
Interior Architect

anu.latvala@fyra.fi

+358 (0)41 501 6405

Jasmin Wegelius

Interior Architect
Designer

jasmin.wegelius@fyra.fi

+358 (0)400 426 926

Laura Järvinen

Interior Architect SIO
Designer

laura.jarvinen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 523 7187

Valo is a new hotel concept that offers hotel services, meeting and coworking facilities. The hotel needed a combination of a multi-purpose bistro and a lounge bar to serve the hotel guests but also to function as an independent restaurant and a bar

Client
SSA Hotels Oy

Location
Helsinki

Area
Elo bistro 304 m² and Suo bar 246 m²

Year
2020

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Background

Fyra designed two different restaurant spaces for Valo, with Scandinavian communality as the unifying roof theme. Nordic style is reflected in the material choices as well as in the atmosphere. The core of the plan for Elo bistro and the Suo bar is functionality. In the morning, both serve as the hotel’s breakfast room, during the day as a business lunch spot, and in the evening the bistro and bar serve local people in addition to the hotel guests.

Strategy & Delivery

Beautifully patinated natural materials were preferred in Restaurant Elo’s material choices. Ash parquet and ceramic tiling create light warm tones. When choosing the furniture Fyra had to take into account heavy use and sufficient room to move around the furniture.

Most of the furniture is designed by Fyra and commissioned from local carpenters and the rest comes from new Finnish design brands. The furniture of the Suo bar was also supposed to be suitable for dining. The business angle had to be taken into account e.g. as charging points for phone a nd computer.

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Laura Järvinen

Interior Architect SIO
Designer

laura.jarvinen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 523 7187

Sara Koivisto

(on parental leave)
Interior Architect
Concept Designer

sara.koivisto@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 365 7219

Top chefs Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas wanted to open a tapas restaurant that would have an atmosphere that was cozy and laid back. With the help of Fyra, Penélope found its soul.

Client
Penélope

Location
Helsinki

Year
2018

Photography
Riikka Kantinkoski

Expertise Hospitality Design

Details

Background

A couple of things were clear from the very beginning: Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas did not want a fine dining restaurant that lacks warmth. They wanted a place that felt as if it has been there, in the heart of Helsinki, forever. The atmosphere should be laid back and cozy. A place where the customer felt like having arrived at someone’s home to enjoy great, unpretentious food. There would be a classic style long bar, the colour red and couches. Under no circumstance would it be trendy. Now all they needed was to find the right people to make that vision come true.

Strategy & Delivery

Eva-Marie Eriksson, partner at Fyra, and the team comprised by Jasmin Friman, Laura Järvinen and Heini Korpinen got down to work. First on their agenda was to tackle the practical side of things: how to efficiently use a small space while creating enough room for the personnel to work and ensuring an enjoyable dining experience for the clients.

“A packed restaurant with a bit of hustle and bustle – that’s a typical tapas restaurant for you. Yet, you need to be able to meet to the restaurant safety requirements and make sure the space has a nice flow to it”, Eriksson says.

Having first sketched the large bar counter into the plans, the fixed furniture, tables and couches were then easy to position.

A cozy feel, classical yet relaxed vibe and warmth were the elements guiding the design from the beginning. Eriksson and the team looked for materials with a lived-in feel to them. A reddish terracotta tile was chosen for the restaurant floor, classic marble for the bar counter and the tables were made from rustic wood.

“Marble and terracotta develop patina over time and age beautifully as natural materials do.”

The colour red was also used in the ceiling: an easy-going atmosphere was created by demolishing the dropped ceiling and revealing the duct system. The ceiling and pipes were painted with a subdued red that counteracts with the terracotta tiles.

Having established the big picture, it was time to add complementing touches. Kimmo Pohjapelto from Roomage helped Fyra by finding a variety of old chairs some of which were painted white. In addition to customary high chairs, playful small couches were placed at the bar. They seat two people side by side.

“When you sit in one of those couches it’s as if you are sitting in a booth. Sitting there it’s easy to forget you are actually in Finland”, says Maria von Graevenitz-Välimäki.

The ambience of being in someone’s home was emphasised by displaying the kitchen tools and machines. A steel Berkel is placed in the middle of the restaurant. It is used for slicing Spanish ham. The espresso machine at the bar is placed in an angle so that the barista is facing the customers instead of having to stand with their back towards people.

“The atmosphere is exactly like we wanted it to be: it’s inviting and comfortable and customers can enjoy our food in a wonderful setting.”

Food is, of course, a priority in a top-notch restaurant but von Graevenitz-Välimäki considers the interior equally important.

“Even if the food is excellent, I don’t feel comfortable in places where the interior that lacks warmth. The interior plays a huge part in enjoying one’s stay.”

Eva-Marie Eriksson received the best feedback immediately during the opening of the restaurant. She heard the customers in awe wondering if the floor was the original floor of the old building.

“Penélope has this feel as if the restaurant has always been there. It’s wonderful to work and have the client trust your designs.”

Also Maria von Graevenitz-Välimäki was happy working together with Fyra. Customers were very pleased with the atmosphere and kept commenting how they keep forgetting that they are in Finland.

“It all went very well. The people at Fyra were flexible and carried out all the changes that needed to be done but did also voice their opinion. That was a good thing since that was why they were hired.”

Team

Eva-Marie Eriksson

Co-founder
Senior Designer,
Hotels and Restaurants

eva-marie.eriksson@fyra.fi

+358 (0)40 537 7350

Heini Korpinen

Interior Architect
Designer

Jasmin Wegelius

Interior Architect
Designer

jasmin.wegelius@fyra.fi

+358 (0)400 426 926

Laura Järvinen

Interior Architect SIO
Designer

laura.jarvinen@fyra.fi

+358 (0)50 523 7187