Pekin Kaku Chinese Restaurant

Interior Design Award Winner.
Awarded Silver for Good Interior Space and Exhibition Design.

Pekin Kaku Chinese Restaurant
by Tetsuya Matsumoto

  • Awarded April 15, 2017
  • CLIENT: PEKIN-KAKU Chinese Restaurant
  • 1.661

Pekin-kaku restaurant new renovation offers a stylistic reinterpretation of what a Beijing style restaurant could be, rejecting the traditional abundantly ornamental design in favor of a more simplistic architectonics. The ceiling features a Red-Aurora created using 80 meters long string Curtains, whilst the walls are treated in traditional dark Shanghai bricks. Cultural elements from the millenary Chinese heritage including Terracotta warriors, the Red hare, and Chinese ceramics was highlighted in a minimalistic display providing a contrasting approach to the decorative elements.

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Tetsuya Matsumoto

Designer of Pekin Kaku Chinese Restaurant


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Interview with Tetsuya Matsumoto on Pekin Kaku Chinese Restaurant

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
Chinese restaurants, in most cases, are extremely charged with ornaments and decorations, this work was a trial to simplify the Chinese aesthetic unto colors and materials. we used typical Shanghai bricks for interior wall cladding and then created a red ceiling aurora by using another typical Chinese material which is the string curtain.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
We wanted to keep a clear image about the function as Chinese restaurant, but making it in a non-conventional way, more simplistic and non-ornamental. Offer a new understanding and interpretation of what could be Chinese Aesthetic.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
We want to promote our work and step forward with our design practice.
Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
I worked together with my team in my design practice: KTX archiLAB.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
This restaurant interior design reinterprets the Chinese style design into a simplistic one with no ornament or decorative exaggerations. The play on the materials and colors differs it on the kitsch design usually associated with Chinese restaurants.
Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
Of course hand sketching, followed by plan drawing and designing on Vectorworks balancing between 3D and 2D design and verification.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
This project didn’t use any special data analysis; the only research we conduct is thinking about how can we simplify Chinese aesthetics into simple materials and colors.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
We have already won several international competitions including A’ Design. so it is in the spirit of continuity that we applied to this edition of A’ Design awards.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
We have gained many technical skills during the design of this work together with how to make a good looking project with a limited budget.

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