Diners at Nantes’ PNY Burger can indulge in a bite of nostalgia with their meal thanks to its retro nautical interiors inspired by a modernist sailing boat.
The restaurant’s interiors were dreamt up by French designer and co-owner Rudy Guénaire, who designed every single stick of furniture in the restaurant – which joins other PNY Burger locations in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux.
It follows what Guénaire describes as a ‘Tiki paradise’ aesthetic mixed with a Modernist ocean liner – ‘ a lost Riva in the Polynesian Islands’, with powder blues and wood tones, contrasted by shiny, tubular chrome and dramatically curving forms, watched over by a wooden Tiki statue.
Guénaire is a self-confessed cabin obsessive, and his love of compact spaces is apparent in PNY Burger’s supremely neat layout. He’s imagined the burger bar as a series of modules, with zig-zag banquettes, storage, speakers and shelves all designed as tidy, built-in elements.
Wood varnish and shiplap further emphasise the space’s boat-like atmosphere and play into Guénaire’s imagined past for the restaurant as ‘an Italian submarine that made a steering mistake and got lost in the turquoise waters of the Polynesian islands’.