RICCA Sakura in a bar

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

RICCA Sakura in a bar
by Ryohei Kanda

  • Awarded April 15, 2017
  • CLIENT: Roito Inc
  • 2.296

RICCA is a bar, located at Kagurazaka.  Even now, there are Japanese traditional atmosphere and alley in this town. I created this design to express Japanese aesthetic sense. In Japan, there is cultural event is known as “Hanami”, which means “cherry blossom viewing”. This unique event is happened only in couples of week of early spring. Inspired by this moment, I designed this bar with beauty, glamorous, strength and fragility of Hanami.

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Ryohei Kanda

Designer of RICCA Sakura in a bar


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Interview with Ryohei Kanda on RICCA Sakura in a bar

What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
I want to make a scenery I have never seen before. To make it happy for clients and guest.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
RICCA is a bar, located in a town called Kagurazaka.  Even today, Japanese traditional atmosphere and alley still exists in this town. The designer created this to express the Japanese aesthetic sense. In Japan, there is a cultural event known as “Hanami”, which means “cherry blossom viewing”. This unique event happens once a year, only in couple of weeks of early spring. Inspired by this moment, this bar is designed with beauty, glamor, strength and fragility of “Hanami”.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
There are many shops designed in line of trends happening in various parts of the world, but the concept of this design is themed towards the fundamental aesthetics. Therefore, regardless of changes in time, the design will not fade.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
The object is made of hexagon. Together with six flowers in Japanese it will be RICCA.
Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
The designer used several prototype models as a tool to experiment the actual lighting, types of light source, angles and density.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
The expression of “Hanami” a culture from ancient times using contemporary materials and interpretation.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
The technique to hide the lighting fixture that lights up the art works. Combination of hologram and resin sheet enabled a new expression.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
There were no data, so the designer depended on research of precedent examples to proceed to the making of prototype for experiments.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
The biggest challenge was to adjust the relationship between the art panels and the lighting fixtures. To avoid spectators to be too bright, the positioning of the spotlight, height and distance was experimented several times.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
The designer realized that the method of using hologram to express color with light has larger means and potential.

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