Moscow’s Abu Gosh cafe puts PoMo back in the spotlight

Patterns, tiles and pastel colours

It’s Memphis mark II inside this Middle Eastern Moscow cafe, which embraces vibrant colour and geometric patterns throughout its intricately tiled interiors.

Hand-made tiles by Italian designer Elisa Passino are one of the first things to greet guests inside the Trubnaya Street space, conceived by STUDIO SHOO. It is the second Abu Gosh outpost to open in the Russian capital and embraces a youthful sense of fun through bold colour blocking and shapes.

Colour clashes joyfully inside the cafe, which pairs tubular steel chairs in bubblegum shades with yellow and blue accents – including a custom ‘squiggle’ chandelier made of twisted piping that could be lifted straight from a children’s drawing.

While primary shades reign on the ground floor space, a more mature, cosier nook can be found in the Moscow restaurant’s upstairs lounge. Here circular tables and benches continue the use of geometric shapes while mustard-hued lounge chairs offer a comfortable spot to read or work away from the hubbub of the lunchtime rush. Speaking of, Abu Gosh’s falafel and hummus come highly recommended.

Trubnaya Ulitsa, 27, Moscow, Russia, 127051

Colourful arches embrace a youthful sense of postmodernism
Photography: Katie Kutuzova
Hand-made tiles by Italian designer Elisa Passino are one of the first things to greet guests inside the Trubnaya Street space, conceived by STUDIO SHOO.
Photography: Katie Kutuzova
The upstairs  lounge is a more muted affair with blocks of navy and cobalt blue picking up the mantel from downstairs.
Photography: Katie Kutuzova
The cottage-like exterior of Middle Eastern restaurant Abu Gosh in Moscow
Photography: Katie Kutuzova

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