February 28, 2022
A Warm and Intimate Sushi Restaurant Opens in the Azores
Above the modest dining room, a rectilinear wooden lattice hovers like an elegant toolbox lid over the tables, adding depth and textural detail to the ceiling while providing ambient lighting for dining. Crafted from intersecting oak wood panels lined with woven straw mesh, the piece forms a series of boxes that alter the room’s dimensions and scatter the light at various intervals. Throughout the day, light is distorted through the blocky forms and filtered through the straw mesh allowing refractions and shadows to play across the dining floor. The sushi counter, minimal shelving, and seating throughout the small space provide a curvilinear contrast to the otherwise orthogonal design elements. The same woven straw accents the geometric shelving unit and wine display behind the sushi counter, which is also designed to incorporate under-counter downlights to illuminate the four bar seats.
Fuji Sushi Experience’s sober yet cozy design makes it an ideal spot for quiet solo meals or spontaneous dinner dates. The restaurant’s compact interior, which measures just under 800-square-feet, doesn’t feel cluttered or cramped—just intimate, warm, and easy.
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