Seaside Colors

Maritime flair does not always have to be a matter of blue and white stripes, as is demonstrated by the recently opened Oktopussy design restaurant on the island of Norderney.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 9/11/2019

In the middle of this year, Egbert and Marisa Möller’s design restaurant opened up on the ground floor of the hotel New Wave on the North Sea island of Norderney, only a few minutes away from the beach. Thanks to the restaurant’s large glass facia, its surprisingly colorful interior is a real eye-catcher, even from a long way off. The brilliant turquoise of its benches’ covers is matched by the radiant aquamarine of its ceilings and walls; suspended luminaires by Tom Dixon, such as the organically-shaped "Melt" made of shiny polycarbonate or the brass luminaire "Beat" – they form an ideal counterpoint to the strong shades of blue and green. Warm hues are provided by the wooden surfaces of the made-to-measure tables and the extravagant, plaited rattan "Cyborg club" chairs by Magis. This controlled explosion of color is accompanied by a touch of chic retro in the shape of touches such as the sculptural "Platner Chair" with its vertical round steel bars designed by architect Warren Platner for Knoll International in the 1960s. “Here at our place Pop Art meets Scandinavian lightness,” explains Marisa Möller.

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Oktopussy’s open-plan kitchen means that while seated at their tables diners can watch top chef Sascha Lissowsky and his team concocting delicious modern takes on fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. This open, relaxed feel is also reflected in the concept for the dining area. As well as tables for 2 to 4 people there is a large wooden table, the restaurant’s “regulars’ table”. Here, at a white version of Sebastian Herkner’s "118" for Thonet, both solo diners and parties can sit down together to enjoy their meals – together. And afterwards, if they feel so inclined, guests can relax at the back of the restaurant, which simultaneously forms a transition into the New Wave hotel, allowing themselves to sink back into the capacious upholstery of the sofa arrangement that is "Oslo" by Muuto. In the way of reading material, they will find, amongst other things, many books featuring Ian Fleming’s well-known character James Bond. Indeed, it was the films about her Majesty’s secret agent that provided the inspiration for the restaurant’s name. As Marisa Möller puts it: “The films’ imaginative sets provided us with a great deal of inspiration for designing our own particular world.” The owners have also continued this refreshing mix of bright colors and Scandinavian chic on into the hotel’s 73 individually designed double rooms. And what’s more, on sunny days, the "Luxembourg" chairs by Fermob which adorn both the spacious roof deck with its Skyfall bar and the greened inner courtyard look particularly inviting. In other words, even without a roofed wicker beach chair Oktopussy and New Wave strike a new, design-driven note on Norderney, one that transforms a vacation into an experience for all the senses.

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Luisenstraße 13
26548 Norderney, Germany

Phone: +49 49 32 93 42 050

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