Inspired by the cultural lineage of fire within Caucasus, Blue Sky Hospitality presents the Fireworks Steakhouse at the JW Marriott Absheron in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Tasked with creating a ‘land of fire’ that reflects Azerbaijan’s heritage, BSH has developed a smouldering scarlet grotto, filled with gleaming metals and burnt earthen hues.
On guard at the entrance to the restaurant, there stands an imposing life-size wild bull statue cast in darkly glowing molten bronze. With the dragon skull casts posed alongside the bull at the entrance, guests are given a sense of the powerful design scheme that pervades the interior of the restaurant.
Binaries play an important part in BSH’s vision for the Fireworks eatery – light and dark, the solid and the translucent. Brightly lit windows framed by solid metal separate kitchen and diners. Though the restaurant’s devilishly red theme could lean towards the gothic, the seating areas, bar and whisky library are illuminated by gold lighting and bright metals.
Bronze and gold tinted metals are another prevalent motif in the design concept. Glowing metal bars line the ceiling above the entrance to the restaurant and metal fixtures are used throughout the decor.
Though vast, the interior of the restaurant resembles a cavern, with stalactitial wooden blocks extended across the ceiling. The blocks form part of an exclusive piece of conceptual art that covers most of the ceiling above the dining area – Born of Fire.
Inspired by the Promethean fire legend, the feature piece comprises several hundred walnut bricks. Parts of the surface area are split open to reveal a lighting feature in the shape of a lightning bolt, which trickles light in a sequence of red and amber tones throughout service.
Other natural textiles permeate the furnishings of the restaurant, including the stylised glassware, leather upholstery, locally dyed woollen rugs, and furniture pieces in Caucasian walnut and European oak. The natural woods and metals are not only reflective of the geographic surroundings but also the traditional link to fire cooking that runs strongly throughout Azerbaijani culture.