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Zhengzhou·Jin Japanese Restaurant

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Client

Jin Japanese Restaurant

Type

Commercial space

Year

2019

Simple & Intense, a Delightful Contrast

Simple and intense, the two features constitutes the paradox of the extreme Japanese aesthetics. Simple lays in the wabi sabi aesthetics of the Japanese-zen-garden style, while the intense represents the unwavering pursuit of the ultimate. This Japanese restaurant strikes the balance between simple and intense-- the contradictory visual experience given by the ceiling and floor at the entrance tells the beginning of an intriguing journey.

Untouched Space & Protagonist Color, the Abstract Orient

Start from the reception desk, design team follows the shape of Chinese character “口” in planing the circulation: individual guest area, six-pax PDR (Private Dining Room), eight-pax PDR, and ten-pax PDR arranged in order, leaving the best scenery to the PDRs with natural views introduced into the space, and a poetic garden atmosphere created through the architecture technique of imitation. The BOH kitchen, office and toilets are placed at the end of the layout. This idea of finding the shortest distance through a straight line arrangement has effectively met the needs of shorten long service circulation in Japanese restaurant, and is also a result of taking business conversion rate and utilization rate into fully consideration. Thanks to the sliding doors between different rooms, the main entrance is presented as neat as possible for the pursuit of ultimate simple aesthetics.

Integrate tradition & modernity, the Ingenious Craftsmanship

Through the integration of the essence of Japanese tradition and the spirit of modern design, a peculiar experience was created in an innovative way. The Japanese style tatami represents the simple attribution of the oriental style, while the long table speaks for the modern spirit of freedom, the two of which harmoniously coexist within this project. The sophisticated texture of the wall cloth is the contradiction of the rustic texture paint on the other side of the wall, which introduce the idea of paradoxical aesthetics. Walking into this space gives one the same feeling of wondering inside a Japanese zen garden-- the beauty of wabi sabi appears in mind, and all of a sudden, one acquires the answer of life.

Design · Inspiration

Each private dining room is named after local Japanese cities or provinces, such as Fuji, Kyoto, Tokyo, Kobe, Chiba, etc. Every copper-made name plate has its own spot light, which creates an elegant atmosphere when the light and shadow coexist on the rustic wall. In order provide a simpler dining experience for the guest, designers spares no effort in the FF&E design as well. From the cypress art installation, the kimono ornament, to the Japanese-style paintings, each and every detail tells the story of the exquisiteness of design. Even the way of table ware displaying can be quite “demanding”. Different ingredients will have various way of displaying. It is the beauty of subtlety contains the simple ingenuity of the designers.

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