Blending two cities in worlds apart is no mean feat, much less when the distinctive style felt in those different places comes into one design, the Sokyo restaurant interior design. Beautifully simple, the design allows for minimal and unobstructive furniture and lighting, to create a minimalistic feel of two cultures and philosophies in one room in perfect harmony with each other. The stunning use of Japanese and Australian heritage leaves an impression of a beautiful marriage between two ages, and harmony between worlds that were once irreconcilable. The modern ways of Sydney are not pushed aside meaning the inside looks and feels like modern Australia, but to the Japanese eye, the choice of design philosophy evokes a deep sense of being home.
Above the dining area modern lighting with throwback lamp shades from Japanese architecture gives the hall an air of modernity interspersed with a simple traditional style. Teasingly simple chairs take their place next to dark wooden tables, creating a feeling of sitting on the traditional Japanese sitting space. Candles adorn the tables, adding a romantic quality that's borrowed from the pre-modern era before Thomas Edison gave us the humble light bulb. The windows are well covered with hanging curtains clearly made from a Japanese inspired style, simple ropes with brightly colored top halves and dark contrasting lower halves, and with a flowing pattern that gives the sense of a flowing wave of color.
The kitchen area has a transparent and appealing counter-top, with chefs preparing meals in full view, but yet not paraded in front of customers, creating a sense of homeliness, and trust between the chefs and the diners. Dark high-placed chairs at the front of the kitchen with an accompanying table create a beautiful merged effect with the background of bright ceilings and walls around and above the chefs. Distinctly made walls made from traditional Japanese paper and wood makes the separation between the various sections of the restaurant look like the traditional Japanese dining area.
The walls are not completely obscuring, with the paper only waist high, enough to give privacy to the average diner, but low enough to keep everyone from feeling isolated. The wooden floors give the restaurant an attractive, but simple elegance that is hard to achieve with modern tiles and polished ceramics, or sophisticated carpets. This simple effect leaves the diner feeling like they are in an authentic and cultured place.
A brightly colored tile-like under-counter in the bar area gives the room a bright ambience without leaving the undesirable afterglow from bright lights that is common with overhead lights. This is done without leaving the diner brightly lit and exposed to too much light. There is a well designed dining area, with a dark ambience and furniture inspired by Japanese simplicity that is hard to beat. All in all this is a professionally done design that will appeal to the modern and contemporary individual looking for good taste and style. Good design never fails to inspire, and in this instance, one can clearly feel the inspiration than went into the creation of this work of art, at truly well thought, planned, and executed exercise.