This restaurant is a result of the collaboration between Mr. Kusuda Takuya, a connoisseur of the Japanese wine scene, and Mr. Miyanaga Hisatsugu, a famous chef. It’s located far from a busy thoroughfare in a quiet part of Ebisu, and access is via private intercom only. I wanted to create a feeling of exclusivity and a special place for diners, different from other restaurants in the area, changing the negative “inconvenient” into a more positive idea. I treated this restaurant not as a standard restaurant, but as a secret special dining space within a world class wine cellar, known only to a select clientele.
Guests will gain access via an unmarked entrance, descending to a basement level where doors will open to reveal Mr. Kusuda’s private working space, where Mr. Kusuda will customize and select wines for each customer to purchase. Then a hidden door opens between the shelves, finally entering the dining space. I tried to help the guests to acquire a lot of satisfaction / pride for visiting the space by setting them many hurdles before finally arriving at the restaurant. The guest could feel that here is an exclusive table that inhabits Mr. Kusuda’s wine cellar, only for invited guests.
Material Used :
1. AD WORLD – WICANDERS Corkcomfort - flooring materials
2. NAGOYA Mosaic - Porcelain tile - flooring materials, Wall finish
3. Sangetsu – PVC cloth, Curtain - Wall finish
4. 3M – DI-NOC Whiteboard firm - Wall finish
5. AICA - Melamine decorative board - shelves, furniture