Michel

Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio
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The traditional restaurant König in the heart of Helsinki´s shopping district has undergone a large renovation and concept change.

The new restaurant, which opened it´s doors April 14th, 2015 is called Michel and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails daily.

The new menu focuses on “Urban Classics”, casual dishes prepared in a modern way, which customers can enjoy while socializing in the new beautiful surroundings.

“We designed the new menu with our head chef to be current, flavorful, surprising and cheerful. It will bring smiles to our customer´s faces”, states project manager Mehdi Younes.
 “The food is a combination of classic European cuisine and new world”, adds CEO Mikko Paukkonen.


In the heart of the restaurant there is a large marble and stainless steel clad cocktail bar that focuses also on the “Urban Classics” theme. The drinks are both traditional and modern with playful twist.

Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio has designed the new interior for the restaurant.

“The objective was to create a comfortable and casual interior that fits the surrounding neighborhood.” Joanna Laajisto says.

The renovation was large due to new open kitchen and bathroom locations.

Materials of high quality were selected to last time. Ash wood custom millwork and cognac leather upholstery accompanied with white Statuario marble, stainless steel and brass details create a stylish but relaxed atmosphere.

The green wooden wall paneling is inspired by the traditional outdoor kiosk from the 1940´s, that still can be found around Helsinki.

The tabletops with green marble insets are also custom design for the restaurant. Two large round marble Tulip tables, designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll are design classics from the 1950´s. The beech wood seating and bar stools are by Andrew World.

The brass sconces on the tiled walls and downstairs bathrooms are by French manufacturer Atelier Areti. Other decorative light fixtures are by Swedish manufacturer Rubn and Danish &Tradition.

In the brand new basement bathrooms marble and grey plaster walls with dimmed lighting create a pleasant ambiance. The custom sinks are designed to look like pieces of furniture by Laajisto. Faucets and other fixtures are by Danish Vola.

To highlight the long history of restaurants in the building, there is an original artwork “Bil Aktie Bol” by one of the former loyal customers, famous Finnish artist Akseli Gallen Kallela
placed in a central location in the restaurant.

More information :

Mehdi Younes / Oy Center-Inn Ab, mehdi.younes@center-inn.fi

Mikko Paukkonen/ Oy Center-Inn Ab, p Mikko.Paukkonen@center-inn.fi

Michel