Design studio Vaust has adopted a strikingly simple aesthetic for this Berlin restaurant, which celebrates materiality through its rough-hewn stools and repurposed boulder seating.
The local practice got the idea for JIGI Poke’s interiors from a black and white photograph of a Hawaiian fisherman, dating back to 1907, which shows him seated on a rock, examining his net-caught haul.
‘We appreciate the intimacy, the balance and honesty of this situation’ say the studio.
Vaust has translated this palette and sentiment via walls and floor plastered in earthy tones, and slabs of concrete to form dining tables and wraparound counters.
Stone stools have been chiselled out of chunks of granite, sourced in Norway, with the top polished to create a seat. The rawness of the materials is offset by a set of airy linen curtains that cocoon the seating area.
In contrast to the restaurant’s muted colour palette, JIGI Poke serves a vibrant menu of Hawaiian dishes, including salmon and tuna bowls topped with pumpkin seed flowers, dukka and yellow radish.