New York, NY

Scope:  Interior Restaurant Renovation

Completed: October 2015

About:  Sushi-teria is a new concept in the restaurant industry where the patron orders using tablet technology.  Sushi-teria believes in delivering the “art of sushi”, a combination of technique, care, and detail, even when one is on the go.

Interior:  Tech and Reflection: One enters the stark, minimal restaurant space from two opposite sides, from 33rd Street or from inside the Empire State Building.  A minimal ceiling with a consistent pattern of slotlights connect the two entries.  Instead of using a feature wall behind the chefs, the design implemented a non-feature wall that reflects the lit ceiling slots.  To offset the tech aesthetic, the sushi counter is clad in traditional Japanese Shou-sugi-ban wood siding.   The term “Shou-Sugi-Ban”  (焼杉板) translates to “burnt cedar board” which was devised as a way to make wood less susceptible to fire.  Tablets line the walls where patrons order and go, like technology.

Date: November 28, 2015