Opinion by Richard Baird
Omakase Room by Tatsu is a unique sushi dining experience located on New York’s Christopher Street. The concept is rooted in the centuries-old family traditions of Japanese Executive Chef and host Tatsu Sekiguchi and the celebration of the individual and personal. This can be experienced in the restaurant’s unique and intimate setting, one that seats only eight, and a menu carefully crafted by Tatsu for one evening and for that specific group of eight, based on their mood, curiosities and preferences.
The restaurant features a light interior design of soft bamboo and fabric centred around Japanese minimalist traditions. Materials a few but high quality, the ceiling is low, and the design of the table and layout of chairs lend the restaurant a quiet and earthy material quality with little distraction, and establish an intimacy with the chef, and focuses the mind on the food.
Building on this, design studio Savvy developed a multi-sensory brand identity, with a similar restraint, materiality and discretion. This offers something of its own subtle character but does not detract from the food, while also working in small thoughtful details such as scent and semi-transparent paper that links type with interior. The project included menus, stationery, business cards and a ceramic gift.
Opinion by Richard Baird
June’s is a cafe and bar located on the corner of South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas. It offers breakfast, brunch, and grab-and-go pastries and coffee throughout the morning, and has an all day bistro menu that is served late into the evenings. The bistro menu is complemented by a changing wine and bar program managed by Master Sommelier June Rodil. June’s features a light interior design full of natural light, a black and white chequered floor, light bent wood furniture, banquette and bar seating, marble surfaces, white walls, gold details and a vintage Wurlitzer.
Graphic design studio Föda worked with June’s on visual identity. This compliments the interior’s period elements and cheerful ambiance through colour, type and form, and runs across menus, business cards, tableware, website, signage and the track cards of the Wurlitzer.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Paulig Kulma is distinctive space, located in the heart of Helsinki, developed by Paulig, the leading coffee brand in the Nordics. It combines a coffee shop, roastery and barista institute, and intends to appeal to a broad customer group, and accommodate a variety use cases throughout the day.
Paulig Kulma serves multiple functions. From the inviting and flexible space of the coffee shop, to the industry and craft of the roastery, and the creativity and process taught at the barista institute. Although these exist within separate areas, interior design and brand identity, created by Scandinavian design studio Bond, brings these together as a continuous, integrated and rich brand experience, in print across business cards, coffee packaging and labelling, as interior graphics, menu boards and lighting, and in the choice of furnishings, fixtures and fittings.