Tommaso Guerra continues his interior design development with Romeow Cat Bistrot: in accordance with his creative journey, he proposes a quite personal interpretation of spaces and furniture, communicating a precise personality.
The Romeow Cat Bistrot concept originated from the Japanese Neko Cafès and European Cat Cafès, and has arrived in Rome having become something more: a bistro, serving sophisticated vegan and raw cuisine and pastries, open from breakfast to late in the evening, and home to six cats.
The key concept for the bistro was to design it like a house, and that the space should have a strong personality, capable of communicating the stories of the people living there; and also that it be naturally welcoming – inclusive, not exclusive.
During the planning, this concept has been transformed into large and communicative spaces, with some protected, and some inaccessible, corners, dedicated to the cats.
From the large windows that light up the main room, one can see the tables and chairs, the piano, some cushions and pillows, and wall decorations: they immediately suggest a very familiar and comfortable feeling – more like the cosy dining room of a house than a restaurant.
Walls with strong colours, almost classic, contrast with the saturated hues of furnishings, light sources and frames. Lots of colour and wood create a general perception of vitality and originality, combined with sobriety, accuracy and cleanliness, that are necessary in a place serving food in the presence of animals.
Except for the kitchen and cold food preparation area, that are strictly forbidden to animals, the six cats can go everywhere in the bistro.
The designers knew they like to have fun with objects not intended for them, so chose to integrate play and living spaces for cats with the ones experienced by people, like in any home. So the cats can access any corner of the bistro, through intriguing pathways and routes created by shelves made of books, and drawers, that become rest stations for them, and they can also climb a 4m high tree.
From the end of the main room, customers can access the loft area via a wooden stairway. This is a lounge area with a high ceiling, where customers can enjoy smoothies and drinks, and there’s also a low ceiling area, suitable for the cats.
This is an additional space, where the cats can have some privacy, even if they’re close to people: it’s a very well-finished sitting area, with a velvet chair, cushions and vintage suitcases.
Images © Tommasso Guerra