Corian® Tokyo Kushi Bar

Photo from front side:White color in the shop was adopted as the basic tone to emphasize the characteristic that oil does not stick to Corian surface.  The depth of the space is created by placing pillars of the light randomly.

Tokyo Kushi bar sits within a few minute walking distances from the JR Shinbashi station where the area is full of restaurants.  Unlike traditional restaurants, Tokyo Kushi Bar is a “standing” skewer bar where food lovers stand instead of seated to enjoy refined skewers. The nature of standing restaurant is to allow the customers to watch how their food is cooked, thus, the customers can enjoy both the “visual” and “taste” part of the food.  Moreover, since the skewer bar make sure of industrial “water fryer”, the open kitchen area also act as a display showroom for the kitchen wares.

With a large open area, Tokyo Kushi bar stands out from the others by using DuPont™ Corian® as main material to form pillars with light translucency.  The glowing pillars double as signage for the store and draws attention from all the pedestrians who passes by.

Photo from side:The pillars of the light with DuPont™ Corian® were prevented being uneven in thickness by thermoforming and seamless joining in three different lengths.  With special fabrication technique, the pillars are able to shine homogeneously with seamless curve.

The design of the shop expresses the natural phenomenon of water and the oil separate when mixed together.  This is also the characteristic of the water fryer used in cooking skewers.  Moreover, the design is also an imagery of sky and cloud.

The pillars in the store resemble light rays that pass through the cloud. It could have been natural stone or cloth. But in the end, DuPont™ Corian® was chosen because not only solid surface is a material with the matching aesthetics, but also Corian is strong against oil and dirt.

Photo from side:The pillars of the light with DuPont™ Corian® were prevented being uneven in thickness by thermoforming and seamless joining in three different lengths.  With special fabrication technique, the pillars are able to shine homogeneously with seamless curve.

“Honestly speaking, I was not clear about how DuPont™ Corian® is translucent. However, the moment I saw the pillar prototype made with Glasa Solid White 10 mm, the translucency struck me and I have decided this is the one!”
Mr. Imafuku who dealt with various lights in his works so far felt that the essence is space design is on the use of light.
“By using DuPont™ Corian®, the light became mellow, and the skin of the person was reflected smoothly and gently.  I’m satisfied with the performance of Corian.  It is very effective material to express the softness of the light.  When the temperature and hue of changes, the softness of light still remains. It is certainly a very interesting material.”

Project Owner: Doremifa Co., Ltd.
Project Designer: Akitoshi Imafuku, K.K. Super Maniac
Project Fabricating Company: K.K. APEX
Project Installation Company: K.K. h2 Planning Design

 

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