Located in the most advantageous setting in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, O13 – Ocean thirteen is the newly completed cafe bar by Greek interior-architect Minas Kosmidis. Offering unrivalled views of the Thermaikos Gulf, the city’s port and the endless Mediterranean Sea which plays a significant role in the design, the rhythm and the movement of its waves symbolize the fleeting trends of each epoch encapsulated in the cafe’s interior.
Minas Kosmidis‘ experience in dining and entertainment establishments is evident through his use of colour and patterns which add textures and symbolism to his work. There are strong influences from the Italian modernist period and the work of Gio Ponti, in the forms and diverse materials he uses that portray an affordable unpretentious luxury. The interior is decorated with bold geometric shapes, reminiscent of 1960s fashion and textiles. The rhombus, in particular, engulfs its walls and fabrics in the vibrant blue hues of the sea and sky, and passionate reds that stand out against the wooden surfaces of the furniture. Although walnut has been used throughout as a conventional construction material, there are moments where it takes centre stage as it recreates the scaled surfaces of fish shimmering in the sun’s rays.