ERNST Restaurant

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ERNST Restaurant

Celebrate the perfection of nature

The culinary style and the interior design of ERNST restaurant in Berlin follow the same philosophy: Everything in nature is perfect. The great craft consists in making this perfection accessible and palpable for you as a guest. The raw materials – whether food, wood or earthen clay – retain their natural qualities and at the same time are given new depth.

Clay as an ingredient for new architecture

The Canadian chef Dylan Watson-Brawn came to Berlin via Tokyo, Copenhagen and New York. He can often be found in the countryside surrounding Berlin, looking for his ingredients. His kitchen is focused on products and details. Freshness and bringing out the qualities contained in the product are top priority. The interior designers Salem Charabi and Rasmus Stroyberg from Copenhagen pursue their passion with the same understanding.

In the restaurant, you sit at a long bar with a handful of guests and watch the cooks. The design and colour of the restaurant are extremely reduced – purposefully so you can focus all your senses on enjoying the food. It is the careful selection of natural materials and their thoughtful handling that lends the room its special quality and liveliness.

Floor, walls and ceiling are kept in a uniformly light and warm grey. The surfaces of the walls were plastered with clay earth. This natural material has a characteristic surface quality that can be varied depending on the application technique and handling. But the clay has another noticeable quality. It regulates humidity and binds odours. Both arise during cooking and spread out in an open kitchen concept such as this.

Natural-coloured linen curtains, dark glazed wood and small pendant lights with metal shades are the other ingredients for this room.

Craftsmanship as a path to perfection

The restaurant chairs – like the dishes being served – catch the eye, standing out against the reduced interior design. Each chair is handcrafted from German oak. Delicate round timbers join to form the classic angular shape of an armchair. A stain made from brewing the bark of the wood gives the cherry its rich colour. The backrest and seat are woven from paper cord.

At the end of the evening, when you get up out of your handcrafted seat and leave these exceptional rooms, you will perceive the possibilities of dining and indoor spaces with new eyes and sharpened senses.

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Clay Highlight:

YOSIMA clay designer plaster as an expression of a deliberate stance

With a reduction to just a few compositional elements, every detail becomes a messenger of the design concept. For the configuration of the walls, YOSIMA clay designer plaster, in the colour Kolumba grey, was selected. It harmonises perfectly with the concrete floor and the rich wood tones.

The colour was originally developed by Claytec for the construction of the diocesan museum in Cologne, Germany. The museum’s architect, Peter Zumthor, is a master at employing materials to great architectural advantage. Like the restaurant’s designers, he sets great worth on selecting high-quality building materials and processing them skilfully.

The colour is achieved through the mixture of raw materials. The natural colour variations of earthen clay are used so that no pigments or dyes are needed. 146 standard colour tones are available. Claytec can also fulfil individual custom colour requests for additional earth tones.

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