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.
Disrepute is a members-only bar, located in London’s Soho, described by Two Times Elliott, the design studio behind its brand identity, as having a heritage of “establishment and scandal”. The bar features a rich interior design of high quality material detail that elegantly plays with shape, pattern and symmetry, solid colour and texture, the geometric and the organic. There is an element of period theatricality, yet a contemporary eye for unique character, comfort and continuity throughout.
Two Times Elliott’s brand identity takes these qualities and focuses them into a quieter but distinct brand identity expression that favours commonality and, taking inspiration from Soho’s “most notorious eras of concealed communications and discrete symbols”, layers this with a narrative component that calls to light the loves, intimacy and people of the venue’s past, alongside a historical notoriety, one of secrecy, seduction and the clandestine.