Interior Design Case Study For Ichibuns Restaurant London
Restaurant names typically evoke a sense of intrigue, romance, and seduction. Ichibuns doesn’t immediately scream out any of the above. Instead, you will discover a vibrant three-storeyed restaurant dedicated to Japanese fast food in the heart of Soho. Designed by creative Japanese firm Studio Glitt, the Tokyo-inspired interior design comprises of beautifying architectural details with carefully curated pop culture references. After 24 months of planning and designing, the London firm SuperFutures implemented the build of the restaurant.
Part of the eclectic array of design features includes Japanese wall finishes, pachinko machines, classic Japanese comics, and bespoke furniture. They reupholstered the restaurant seats with authentic silk kimonos from Japan. Silk kimonos are a traditional dress in Japan, handmade in silk with rich, graceful, and exquisite detail.
Reupholstering seats in a traditional silk kimono design
Unfortunately, Japan never intended for its traditional silk dress to become restaurant seats, and over a short period, the patchwork on the chairs fell apart. Ichibuns approached us, Posner Interiors, to help salvage the silk kimono patchwork. We advised that an original silk kimono wasn’t a practical option for the seats in the restaurant due to the durability of the material. As a result, we had to come up with a compromise. We started by taking professional pictures of the iconic Japanese attire. The high-quality images were then digitally printed on to Twill FR. The material is ring-spun yarns in a twill weave to create the look and feel of cotton denim with the durability of polyester. Here’s the result…
The designer carefully planned and curated every single element of Ichibuns, including innovative light technology. The lighting installation comprises of subtle details that highlight the opulent interiors inside the restaurant. The second layer of ambient lighting ensures the tables and selective features and decorated elements illuminate. The LED technology harmonises all the colour temperatures, and as a result, the restaurant is a striking venue that feels inviting and warm.
Ichibuns create a kind of Japanese diner, fusing delicate sushi dishes, vegan-friendly Ramen, and the best kind of junk food. Find Ichibuns in Wardour Street, Soho.