A flourishing family business – not least one that has built its reputation on an unwavering commitment to tradition and the community it serves – will always get our vote. Particularly when said business is satisfying our sweet tooth and doing so with style.

Lody Dudek, a popular Polish chain of ice cream parlours, works to recipes that have trickled down the generations. Founded in 1986 in Szczucin, a small town in southern Poland, the third generation of the Dudek family took over the company in 2015 and expanded the business by opening a new shop in the nearby town of Dąbrowa Tarnowska. Since recently moving to a new location in the south-eastern city of Mielec, Lody Dudek appointed the architectural studio Pigalopus to bring some design credentials to its new home.

Although Pigalopus was tasked to stay true to the spirit of its homely heritage, the studio was also afforded a level of creative freedom to shape the brand's evolving identity. With the aim of fully integrating the brand into the design, Pigalopus’ chose a light pastel palette for the interior to marry the company’s values with the bright and inviting array of ice creams that make up the menu (flavours include banana, apple, lemon, blueberry, tiramisu and Nutella).

The creamy white and mint-green shades of the interior are teamed with wooden stools and plant pots; while the simple, yet inspired, application of holographic foil on the tiles and the front window creates the effect of ice cream sprinkles, offsetting the minimalist interior with just the right amount of playfulness.

Sweet without being sickly, the latest addition to the ever-expanding Lody Dudek enterprise is both fun and subtly sentimental, the result of carefully measured craftmanship.