In Tokyo, “architecture and design are sleek, simple and modern, and so is Japanese cuisine,” says Doug Horst, president, Horst Design Intl., which had 17 weeks to transform a section of a former grocery into the 6000-square-foot Nisen Sushi restaurant. “The environments in a well-designed, high-end Japanese restaurant need to embody the ‘less is more’ aesthetic.”
A series of 5-foot-wide, fabric-covered arches usher guests from the softly lighted spa-like reception into the lounge/bar, with its hints of sea and sand. A wavy gypsum panel spans one of the bar’s tall walls. In the dining room, uplights dramatize the contrasts of a highly textured wall that combines smooth and rough-cut blackstone. A layered ceiling composed of floating zebra wood panels not only defines the experiences but helps to deaden sound.
Nisen Sushi, Woodbury, N.Y.
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