Kasai Dinner Club, Stockholm
The owners of Kasai wanted a modern, elegant and sophisticated Japanese dinner club, a restaurant that would turn into a night club later on, incorporating space for shows and entertainment. They wanted it to be clearly Japanese, without resorting to cliches. For us, it was important to create an experience not just with an initial wow-factor but something that the guests would want to experience more than once - timeless, elegant, striking - especially as it would have to appeal to the very worldly, choosy Stockholm audience. The solution came in the shape of shou sugi ban - wood that has been treated with fire to make it water resistant - a traditional Japanese material not often seen outside Japan, but which ticked all the boxes in terms of originality, drama and beauty. The material also gave us the name - "kasai" means "ember", which perfectly ties in to both the interior, the cooking (Kasai has an authentic Japanese robota-grill, among other things) and the warm welcome - not to mention that Kasai has quickly become the hottest place in town to eat, see and be seen.