[photos courtesy bluarch]
bluarch describes the design:
The main feature of the 1,000SF interior space is a fluid surface [clad with 1/4" chocolate brown Bisazza tiles] which covers the ceiling and the side walls to different heights. This surface warps in bubbles and negotiates a system of 6-inch tubular incandescent light bulbs… and an arrangement of red cedar wood spheres. The epoxy flooring continues to the walls via filleted corners. A shelf and LED strips navigate the transition with the chocolate surface.
Being located near my apartment, this is a place I'm familiar with. My daughter is a big fan of the muffins and the seating in the back, which is wrapped by faux ivy on the walls. In a neighborhood where many attempts at doing something special to dining spaces falls flat -- most utilizing expensive stone, chrome, and other materials in clumsy ways -- this design is elegant yet also fun.
Its completion, and the cafe's expansion, coincides with a number of hip places opening in Astoria, places that go beyond the traditional Greek establishments. These include Pachanga Patterson, Queens Kickshaw, and Queens Comfort, as well as older places like Bare Burger, Sweet Afton, and Il Bambino, among others. They point to a changing demographic in the area, one that expects more varied foods and more interesting decor. Omonia is rooted in Astoria's traditional Greek cuisine, but is rolling with the times with this small bakery space.