Montreal-based architecture & design studio Ménard Dworkind (MRDK) have recently completed the interior of Ryù Japanese restaurant chain at their latest location in Montreal’s Westmount neighbourhood.
MRDK employed a contemporary design approach underpinned with a Japanese sensibility for the design of the restaurant. The duo prioritised hand-worked natural materials that would patina with age, and their beauty only enhancing through their imperfections.
A recurring use of the circle cut-out appears in many of the custom-designed elements. Reminiscent of the Japanese flag, this repeated geometry creates a sense of unity between all the furnishing and joinery elements inside the space.
The hero of the interior is the heavy and robust sushi bar made from concrete block supports, surrounded by cantilevered timber swivel chairs. Hanging gardens suspended above the bar outline two large skylights, and add an element of soft plant life that filters the light inside the space.