Gurumê is the first restaurant of a new chain. The project gave shape to the briefing that was layed out in partnership with the client and the Grupo Sal, jointly responsible for the creation of the brand.
The name is a phonetic wordplay that refers to the ideas of sophisticated simplicity and lightness that were the starting point for the conception.
The design had to convey a strong identity, please all sorts of costumers and provide comfortable conditions to allow people to relax and feel at ease.
The choice of materials was inspired by the strong ties that the brand has with the sea and fishing. Oxidised copper, reminding the patina of metals exposed to sea water and breeze, and natural timber, referring to the Japanese carpentry tradition, are the main elements.
The existing spatial conditions were challenging and led to a simple division of two main rooms for clients and a service area set in the back of the shop.
The first main room is a wooden tunnel placed along one of the mall’s corridors. Privacy is provided by the closed shape and a slit horizontal window allows sitting customers to observe passers-by.
The second main room, ampler and open to the shopping area, sports a sinuous, playful collective table.