MASU is a striking white-on-white Japanese dining destination created by Henry Chebaane, the restaurant designer of Blue Sky Hospitality studio fame.
The design team commissioned 1000 pieces of these boxes from a specialist artisan workshop in Honshu, hand-made from fragrant “Hinoki” wood as part of an art installation on a kinetic light wall that gently pulses through the day in shades of warm white with occasional blue and magenta accents.
Also made of hinoki, a specially commissioned collection of hand–made and hand-painted Japanese dolls create a whimsical installation combining classic kabuki theatre and Hollywood characters all dressed as ninja warriors.
Other urban art pieces from popular Japanese culture have been hand-picked from Harujuku, adding touches of whimsy to a minimalist but highly sensual architectonic backdrop of limed oak, textured leather, polished granite and shimmering steel.
Another memorable restaurant design where the customer experience drives all the design parameters in a holistic blend of high art, popular culture, sensory branding and strong over-arching story-telling.Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Branding, Lighting & Interior Design: Blue Sky Hospitality
Client: Saffron LLC
Floor Area: 500 M2
Photography: Michael Koeditz