The Hihou design uses simple ideas to achieve a distinctive Japanese atmosphere. The use of sliding screens, feature wall and planter boxes achieves an effective multipurpose use of the space. The sliding screens enable the venue to interchange between a bright and fresh atmosphere, to dark and moody, by sliding into different positions.
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Replica Jean Prouve restaurant chairs sit under solid Tasmanian oak table tops, which are handmade here in Australia. They include the restaurant logo literally branded into the wood. Our favourite feature of all however, is the beautiful exposed ceiling with its intricate maze of black painted beams and pipes.
The fixture system was designed to be more a collection of furniture, featuring hand crafted brass and timber tables, shelving units with slabs of cement and monolithic plinths combining with leather screens to create multiple merchandising opportunities and a journey for the customer to discover the various ranges within the seasonal collection.
The insertion of a thickened, cabinetry wall into the existing tenancy creates the consultation room as a contained space within the larger volume. The wall incorporates storage and habitable niches; by blurring the line between carpentry and cabinetry, the project carefully integrates fitout, furniture and furnishing elements to create a unified whole.
Central to the design philosophy was a hybrid approach to Activity Based Working & the concept of Biophilia: bringing nature indoors. NDY championed a collaborative and team focussed space that embraced human technologies and a variety of work environments – however it was determined that designated work points better aligned with their business model.
As a leading product + food innovator, effective space planning was required within their multiple test kitchens to sufficiently demonstrate the product and to develop new recipes. A product maintenance division along with a large storage facility was integrated into the back of house building design.