What was the brief?
RICCA is a bar located in Kagurazaka, Tokyo, a town where the aesthetic Japanese atmosphere and historic alleys strongly remains. I wanted to create a bar specifically in the sense that people can feel the traditional Japanese beauty; a classic Japanese charm that the area has to offer. My design inspiration came from “Hanami”, the cultural icon that reflects the Japanese aesthetics of glorious, yet delicate and fragile beauty.
What were the key challenges?
To express Hanami’s beauty, glamorous, strength and fragility, I use a resin with hologram sheets with laser cut as fluttering flowers. Then I hung the hologram objects from the ceiling and put the light from both inside and outside. And also, I create two areas. One is lounge area that has atmosphere with glamorous and beauty, the other is private karaoke room area that has active side of Hanami, like energy, strength and more.
What materials did you choose and why?
The ceilings of both spaces are covered with deformed flower objects. The objects are made of resin with hologram sheets and cut with a laser. Guests can see various colors and reflected lights because of the feature of the hologram sheets and they appear to be fluttering flowers. I added half-transparent red color film on the resin objects to create a more bewitching atmosphere in the lounge area. Meanwhile, in the private karaoke room I had the hologram to reflect the lights naturally in order to produce more active feelings. In the center of the room I hung the hologram objects from the ceiling and put the light from both inside and outside. The light from the outside gets reflected randomly in the room and from inside projects flower-like expression onto the ceiling and the wall.
1. Flooring- Marble stone
2. Doors- Walnut wood Finish