Andriy Bezuglov


YOD design lab as Architects

Spices have an effect on mood, desire and person's feelings, so no wonder that in Asia spices are given special significance. However, nowadays Ukrainians also have the opportunity to test the miraculous properties of Asian spices, not going to Asia itself. For this purpose, it is enough to visit the Asian kitchen & bar "Spicy NoSpicy" in Kyiv, where spices play a fundamental role.

The main dominants of restaurant are open contact kitchen and contact bar. All processes in the kitchen from cooking to dishes delivery for waiters are open. However, the main feature of the kitchen is that the visitors can observe the preparation of dishes and freely communicate with cooks, sitting at the big tabletop, which separates the kitchen from the hall. Also behind this stand, the chef shares secrets and treats the guests.

The contact bar is an integral part of the institution, because here the bartenders are working on creating the unique cocktail card, to better emphasize the taste of Asian dishes. The bar is located in the center of the hall, thereby dividing it into two parts: on one side of the hall guests can observe the cooking processes in the open kitchen, on the other hand - to observe the street rhythm of the city, while from both zones guests can also observe the virtuoso work of bartenders. It is also worth noting that all zones for landing and bar counter have been specially made understated, thanks to which the establishment has 3 levels of height: main dining landing, bar and kitchen understated landings. This added the authenticity to the restaurant, as such landing is inherent in Vietnam.

Asia in "Spicy NoSpicy" is feeling not only in taste, but also in the interior. It is warm and saturated with notes of sunny Vietnam. As well as for the chef in the kitchen it is important to achieve a balance of taste in the dishes, similarly, it was important for us to find a balance in interior design. Therefore, the wood of a neutral warm color is balanced by cold aluminum panels with a matte finish, and bright decorative blotches (grids on the ceiling, green plants, carving on columns), like spices in dishes add completeness to the whole image.

The forming element of the interior has become a large-scale installation on the ceiling from 600 decorative bamboo fishing nets, specially brought from Vietnam. Restaurant is also decorated with 8 carved wooden columns, which holds the ceiling. The presence of panoramic windows in conjunction with artificial light directed through the grids on the ceiling create the impression of staying in a Vietnamese bungalow, through the rushy roof of which is punched sunlight. In the evening the atmosphere of the restaurant is fundamentally changing: the light, sifted through the grids, forms on the tables and columns mysterious shadows, thereby creating an appropriate atmosphere of chamber and comfort. At the end of the hall on the wall formed the installation of Asian spices, that symbolically associated with this main ingredient in Spicy NoSpicy.

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Spicy NoSpicy

Billiani srl as Furniture

At Kiev's Vietnamese restaurant Spicy NoSpicy, they say that any emotion can be expressed through food, the important thing being to choose the right spice to season it: it all comes down to striking the right balance between flavours. The Yod Design Lab studio wanted to start from this paradigm for the interior design, recreating and expressing this balance through the furnishings: the beechwood of the W. stools and the ash of the Fratina armchairs, selected in a warm natural colour, do in fact balance the sterility of aluminum against the brightness of the decorative elements.

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ElementBrandProduct link
FurnitureBilliani srlW., Fratina
Metal wall panelsand metal claddingAVK Top Metal
Sanitary engineeringGlazer
Wooden ware(wooden wall panels / shutters on the windows and doors / countertops on tables / bar counters)Inside
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Metal wall panelsand metal cladding
Sanitary engineering
by Glazer
Wooden ware(wooden wall panels / shutters on the windows and doors / countertops on tables / bar counters)
by Inside
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