Valencian studio Masquespacio created a youthful yet “sophisticated” interior.

Located on the Viale Bligny boulevard, in Milan, the restaurant occupies a space that was formerly home to a pizzeria and sits at the base of a residential building.

“With the design, we tried to get away from the usual aesthetics used for hamburger restaurants, with a much more sophisticated identity but at the same time a fresh and young approach,” Masquespacio co-founder Christophe Penasse told.

Green arches and exposed brick in seating area of Bun restaurant by Masquespacio

Masquespacio used colour to clearly divide the L-shaped restaurant into a serving and seating area. In the serving area, a lilac hue is used across the floors, walls and ceiling to create an immersive environment.

Meanwhile, customers in the dining area are completely surrounded by green, from the mint green terrazzo bench seating to the circular leather seat cushions.

Purple walls and and floor in Bun's Milan restaurant

The existing space featured tall, red brickwork arches, which the studio integrated into the restaurant’s design.

“When we saw the beautiful bricks and arcs in the space, it was evident for us that we would use these two elements as the starting point of the design,” said Masquespacio‘s creative director Ana Hernández.

To create a uniform aesthetic throughout the space, the studio also added further arches that bring in the green and purple colour scheme.

“Some are totally independent and others highlight the existing arcs of the interior architecture,” Masquespacio said.

Colour block interior of Bun restaurant by Masquespacio

According to MasquespacioBun‘s polished look was chosen as a conscious move away from the kind of vintage, industrial style that has proven popular in burger restaurants in recent years.

Instead, the bright colour scheme helps to maintain the restaurant’s appeal for a younger clientele, alongside gold accents throughout the lighting, signage and tabletops.

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Green seating area with arched ceiling and wooden accents in Milan burger joint

In addition to meat burgers, Bun offers a menu of plant-based meat alternatives and all its burgers are wrapped in plastic-free, recyclable packaging.

Lilac-coloured seating area with fridges in Bun restaurant by Masquespacio

To communicate this commitment to sustainability, Masquespacio didn’t use plastic for the interior design and added plenty of potted plants.

Masquespacio is currently working on several new restaurants with Bun, including its first outpost in Turin.

Founded in 2010 by Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse, Masquespacio‘s work is characterised by a bold use of colour and form.

Other recent projects include an open-plan, colour-block interior for a student house in Spain and an upholstered chair with an eye-shaped backrest and tassels for eyelashes.


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