A new concept by ZIKZAK Architects — a project team consisting of Valeria Mostipan and Ihor Yashyn — Ethno is a potential 245 square metre eatery that oozes Ukrainian charm through its modern interpretation and nod to historical roots.
An elegant yet informal operation, Shchos na ethno exudes warmth thanks to thoughtful lighting and carefully chosen decorative materials including parquet flooring with metal inlays, decorative plaster with a “mazanka” effect, and burnt wood.
A focal point of the design is two bright, branching trees that symbolise a connection to roots, convey family values, and honour cultural traditions. Red delicate cords hanging from the trees communicate the threads of traditional Ukrainian embroidery, while the theme of the Ukrainian folk symbol, the embroidered shirt (vyshyvanka), serves as the leitmotif of the interior. Handmade panels on the walls, rag dolls (motanky), and clay dishes recognise the values of ancestors with each piece respecting the ethnic motifs of Ukrainian culture.
Considered zoning offers a selection of dining options and privacy making this the perfect venue for solo diners, couples and groups. A bar area serves as a welcome area and is highlighted with stylised embroidery including symbols that are designed to be stitched with red thread through the openings of metal squares, as well as a large suspended structure reminiscent of the roof of a Ukrainian house and accented with a composition of red-painted hay.
Beyond the bar, one can find smaller tables for two adorned with decorative lamps wrapped in red fabric, a technique that would add depth, drama, and a theatrical effect. In the central hall, a spacious and comfortable sofa for large groups to sit comfortably.
A warm space bringing together contemporary design and Ukrainian traditions, Ethno is a concept that We Heart would simply love to see come to fruition.