Tracy by Billiani for Fukurou Italian style meets Japanese tradition
An encounter between former Superbike champion Noriyuki Haga and the great chef Ninomiya Yoshikazu, the decision to create a corner of authentic Japanese tradition in Milan, and the support of Studio Takeda and its stylistic research that led it to choose Billiani's chairs as an integral part of an in-depth project.
Fukurou is a Japanese dream come true— the joyful representation of a project that has taken shape. Fukurou literally means owl, but if broken down it means “cage happiness”. This explains the evocative presence of owls inside the venue, portrayed in flight in paintings — by Takako Takeda — hung on the walls of the room. The symbolism of the cage is represented by airy booths made up of a meticulous web of “branches”, inside of which the best of traditional Japanese cuisine can be tasted. Studio Takeda used Tracy stools and chairs by Billiani to echo back to this theme. According to the architect, the beechwood legs make continuous references to the natural theme of the tree, the forest and the cage at the same time. Designed for Billiani by Emilio Nanni, Tracy represents both nostalgia and contemporaneity. The collection is characterized by precise dimensions that allow the classic “rung” chair to be redesigned in a contemporary style.
Studio Takeda, therefore, chose to represent the classic Japanese tradition while allowing itself to be influenced by new trends. With a surface area of 220 m2 and 3-meter high ceilings, the restaurant is spacious and cosy at the same time, seating 42 people plus 12 more at the unavoidable sushi counter. The extensive use of wood — selected from among the highest quality European varieties — bestows warmth on a space designed to host modest and informal lunches and dinners, and accommodate the conviviality of families.
Upon completion of this project, the synergy between Studio Takeda and Billiani was further strengthened by their cooperation for the renovation of WICKY's Wicuisine Seafood restaurant (Corso Italia, Milan), which is due to be finished at the end of February. For this project, the Lido chair and Capital stool were chosen. This is a symbol of the in-depth stylistic research that architect Takeda carries out to customize every venue he designs and which, from today and for a long time in the future, will be supported by the careful hand of Billiani.