project: 88 Vinotheque/ HAY Boutique Hotel and SPA by Edem Family

location: Polyanytsya village, Bukovel (Ukraine)

area: 160 m²

completed: 2022

photographer: Yevhenii Avramenko


88 Vinotheque: A Toast to Tradition and Innovation at HAY Boutique Hotel and SPA

14 Feb 2024

Introduction to the 88 Vinotheque

The 88 Vinotheque, nestled within the luxurious HAY Boutique Hotel and SPA, offers more than just an evening dining experience. It's a celebration of local cuisine and an impressive wine list, but what truly sets it apart is its deep-rooted connection to the local culture and environment. The number '88' isn't just a name; it represents the 88 Carpathian herbs infused throughout the venue - from teas and dishes to the very essence of its design.

A Fusion of Local Craft and Modern Design

YOD Design Studio's innovative approach, termed 'Terroir Design,' bridges the past and the present. It's not just about reflecting traditional Ukrainian crafts; it's about reinterpreting them creatively. From the steam-curved wooden planks adorning the columns, mimicking mighty tree trunks, to the door handles shaped like traditional two-horned domestic tools, each element tells a story of heritage and craftsmanship. The showstopper is undoubtedly the grapevine lamp, symbolizing the rich wine culture and the terroir principle - the belief that a wine's flavor is intimately connected to where its vine grows.

Material Narratives: Hay, Herbs, and Craft

The 88 Vinotheque's narrative is woven through its materials. Pressed hay used in wall panels and lampshades is not just a design choice; it's a homage to the local flora. This botanical theme extends beyond aesthetics, integrating Carpathian herbs into the culinary experience. YOD Group founder Volodymyr Nepiyvoda's vision of 'interior storytelling' comes alive here, turning the space into a tapestry of local tales and traditions, artfully blending the ancient with the modern.

This approach to design in the 88 Vinotheque doesn't just honor Ukrainian heritage; it redefines it, creating a space where every element resonates with the story of its land and people.