█   BENTO ASIAN KITCHEN

Winter Park, FL : [2018] 

Evoking the refined simplicity of a traditional Japanese tatame room, the design of this fast casual restaurant is defined by the use of modular wood panels that envelope the dining room from wall to ceiling. The panels impart a feeling of warmth and geometric order that is characteristic of ceremonial Japanese interiors. The surface of panels is enhanced by a series of slotted perforations which lends scale, texture, and dimension. A series of parallel troughs rendered in contrasting black serve to establish a strict rhythm and logic while functionally concealing track lighting and speakers. A room divider of tensile nylon rope adds a playful and graphic element to the dining room while retaining a light and delicate quality. Minimalist light fixtures were designed to complement the materiality and distilled aesthetics of the space.