by Phoebe Liu on Feb 21, 2014 in Interiors , Lifestyle
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At the Old Boulevard restaurant in Batami, Belenko Design Studio celebrates all that is the best of old and new with a shabby-chic interior that will lift your spirits

Measuring 170 sq-m, the Old Boulevard restaurant is situated on the ground floor of a building in the central boulevard of Batumi, Georgia. The purpose of the project was to create a new dining destination in the historical centre of the city, which could become an attractive and remarkable place. “At the same time, we aimed to transmit the spirit of Georgian culture,” says Denis Belenko of Belenko Design Studio, based in Odessa, Ukraine.

A seaside city on the Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia, Batumi has a population of around 180,000 (2008 census). While traditional industries include shipbuilding, food processing, and light manufacturing, most of Batumi’s economy revolves around tourism — and since 2010, the face of the city has been transformed by the construction of new high-rise landmark buildings and the renovation of the Old Town.

At Old Boulevard, there is a clear intent to retain and celebrate the old in creating a restaurant for modern diners. The dining hall has two levels, a lower one with large windows and high ceilings, and a mezzanine that is more private. An iron vestibule was installed to divide the entrance from the main hall. According to Belenko, the main inspiration for the interiors was a sculptor’s studio. “There are numerous elements related to it, such as plaster models and heads, a potter’s wheel, study drawings, portraits and photos,” he says.