█   BENTO ASIAN KITCHEN

St Petersburg, FL : [2018] 

Occupying a relatively narrow footprint, the design of Bento St. Petersburg capitalizes on the visual and spatial phenomena of the forced perspective. Constructed angles on the floor ceiling and wall create a sense of drama through a visual push and pull that exaggerates the depth of the narrow space.. Wood slats form a enveloping gesture that wrap from wall to ceiling—lending warmth and establishing scale and rhythm. The signature red color of the restaurant's brand is color blocked onto the point-of-sale area and trails into the dining room as an anchoring component to the space. A row of white tables offers a moment of needed visual relief in the heavily textured space.