Café Peroutka is located in the city center of Prague, it is accessible from a passage dated from the 30s. The client requested a make over of their former restaurant, the task was to make it brighter and more open, besides that there was no other limit except the budget.
The general idea of the café is inspired by the significant figure of 20th century Czech journalism – Ferdinand Peroutka. The concept of the interior design is based on finding a dialogue between the past and the present. The past is represented by the spirit of the building itself - fine materials, flooring, brass frames and glasscrete. The past also means a deep source of inspiration in Czech art, design and architecture.
Even though there were not many historical attributes to be preserved inside the café, classical techniques such as the roller painted motif of the linden leaf were used during the renovation. The contemporary geometry of the wooden suspended ceiling is reminiscent of Czech cubism and transcribes itself into all three spaces of the café. Moreover it is a helpful acoustic absorber and a cover of insensitively placed original air distribution elements.
The books and magazines offered throughout the three rooms refer to the main idea and are intended to be read and flipped through by visitors. The „mini house“ serves as a magazine holder but is most importantly intended for the youngest visitors. The café represents a peaceful oasis in the rush city center.