With the recent arrival of Tokyo-born retail store MUJI to Sydney’s CBD, plus Australian’s love for all things minimalistic, it’s fair to say Japanese interiors are here to stay. Renowned for their simple and functional construction, the Japanese know how to capture an audience without really doing an awful lot.
And those in the know in Australian interiors are taking notice. This year, Japanese restaurant Cho Cho San has taken out the Hospitality category of the 2015 Australian Interior Design Awards. At the hands of architect George Livissianis, the space displays what is best about Japanese design: its refined, restrained and beautifully constructed.
With humble materials of concrete, birch ply and white paint, Cho Cho San has an alluring ambiance with their subtle manipulation of light. Freestanding tables, set with humble wooden bowls and utensils, lets the menu take centre stage.
Far from being a lack-luster, lifeless experience, a meal at this place promises elegance in the most unexpected and unassuming ways.
See more of the restaurant in our gallery below.
Images sourced: Broadsheet Sydney, photography by Sophie Roberts.