Ü Athens is an all-day café/bar, located in the center of Athens, at Kaisariani region. The Ü shape, logo of the store, derives from the quote “na hamogelas” which in Greek means “to smile” and reflects the store’s philosophy. The welcoming quote on the entrance of the store is loud and clear. Main focus of the space is the minimalist side of forged cement. Colours, textures and materials are inspired by this idea, updated with contemporary details. Tiles create a strip that traverses the space and lines from led lights create an ambient atmosphere, day and night. As all the details matter, focal points are visible, like for example the electrical and ventilation network, that maintain the industrial character of the internal space. The store can be entered either from the main entrance, either from the side entrance that has four folding doors. At the main entrance, a big window with a bench creates a vivid façade. Simple, playful and versatile stools made of recycled plastic, custom made tables and benches made of inox and brass, create a welcoming seating area.
KARN studio; Nancy Karagianni, 3d modeling: Lazaridis Dimitris
Stelios Kelbakouris, Kostas Karnesis, Fanis Papadopoulos
Year of completion
Myran Scandinavian Design, Kafkias, Hager, Mapei, Textures and Tiles: Wow designeu, Nornmann Copenhagen