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AfroditiKrassa went against the norm when they designed Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Lucky Cat‘ Restaurant in London. The design studio opted for a dark and moody colour palette, and the inspiration for this is behind this dark aesthetic comes from the regular occurrence of people visiting restaurants due to its amazing photographs in magazines and leaving with an underwhelming feeling for the experience did not live to the expectations.
AfroditiKrassa researched Japanese Kissas – the underground jazz cafes in Tokyo from the 1930s to absorb the sense of dark drama and mystery, a place where we can unwind, be ourselves and discover new things.
The central dining of Lucky Cat uses light and reflection to define the space. Integrated lighting accentuates the lines of the recessed ceiling, display units and the bar, whilst brushed metalwork establishes dining areas, elegantly separating materials, and guiding guests throughout the interior, capturing subtle reflections of light and movement in the process.
Uplighting concealed within the dining booths, and opulent glass pendants offer a subtle glow that reveals the shimmer and texture of the black fabric screens and papered ceiling above.
Black parquet flooring lines of the dining and seating areas give a contrast to the lighter exposed concrete used within the gangway of the bar and the tiles that line the floor around the kitchen and the chefs’ table.
Surrounding walls have been clad in glossy black bamboo cane while the rear wall bar features 300 black ceramic cats, an ornament considered to be a good-luck charm in Japanese culture, being also the theme of the restaurant.
The Lucky Cat restaurant is something to be admired due to its mysterious charm, given by the dark colour palette; it has a design that goes back to its true origin of focusing in design and experience. It is this focus that should be applauded and understood as a full extent of interior design.
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