They say that good design is a marriage between form and function. Yet such is the off-balance between the two in many of Warsaw’s concept stores, you ask what’s gone wrong. But maybe, just maybe, that’s not because others are getting so wrong, but because Noon/Noon are getting it so right. Located on ul. Prosta, in a blossoming section of Wola, here’s an unlikely sounding amalgam of a cafe, meeting spot and super cool shared working space. Most of all though, it’s a design showroom that feels, in many ways, light years ahead of the competition.
The creation of Agata and Kamil, together their frequent world travels have brought them close to the most current trends, and have led them to search out designers and suppliers of particular standing. Personally visiting factories and production lines to source products – many of which are otherwise unavailable on the Polish market – the couple’s eye for what constitutes strong design is both remarkable and prescient.
Of course, this is something of an objective opinion: after all, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. So what sets Noon/Noon aside is its option to try before you buy. Its role as a cafe/bar/office/social space enables visitors to fully understand the functionality and quality of the furniture first hand before making a further decision. Basically, through allowing and encouraging people to loaf around on sofas and chairs all day, customers are given the ultimate furniture test drive. Smart, modish, relevant and often very reasonably priced, Noon/Noon has reinvented how Warsaw shops for the living room and office.
ul. Pańska 98 (enter from ul. Prosta), noonnoon.pl