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|Architectural Firm of the Month: Horst Design International|
|When you retain Horst Design International, you are engaging an award-winning retail consultancy comprised of an experienced, talented team of designers, planners and architects.
HDI is repeatedly called on by its clients to design new stores or renovate existing facilities. Building lasting relationships is the hallmark to our success.
A successful retail design can be your "silent salesman". As an integral component of your project team, our designers and managers will collaborate with you to create a dynamic, powerful image and retail environment - one that results in increased customer traffic and repeat business. Not only will HDI develop a store design that supports your philosophy and marketing approach but our keen understanding of merchandising and store operations will put customers in the mood to buy.
Over the past several years, the firm's exceptional designs have received numerous awards. HDI's projects and design expertise are continuously recognized in the media and have been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Newsday, VM & SD, Contract Design, Display & Design Ideas, Chain Store Age, Gift & Decorative Accessories, Chicago Tribune, Earnshaw's Review, Interiors & Sources and many more.
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|Topic of the Month: Tokyo Chic in Restaurant Design |
Ginza is the name of one of the most luxurious areas in Tokyo, Japan, where upscale department stores, boutiques and restaurants line the busy urban streets. Ginza is also the name of an elegant restaurant in Massapequa, NY that successfully emulates the atmosphere of the lavish Tokyo district, having been carefully and creatively designed by Doug Horst of Horst Design International.
Horst explains, "The word Ginza translated means 'silver mint'. The Ginza district is very reflective and highly polished and there are a lot of very glamorous stores there, so we wanted to do something to react to that definition and that feeling. As guests arrive to the site, they are greeted by the unusual presence of the modern Asian-inspired exterior façade. We chose to use polished stainless steel panels along with black Japanese tiles." The entrance is adorned with Japanese inspired arbors, constructed of hand selected Lodge Pole Pine timbers with illuminated screens of cascading aluminum chains, which create a glistening, shimmering environment with an Asian feel. At night, LED lighting provides a dramatic entryway, alluding to the dining experience beyond the doors.
In addition to developing a dramatic look for the interior and exterior of the building, Horst's task was to gut and rebuild the existing restaurant to create dining and bar areas for approximately 200 guests. The building, which is now one of Long Island's most dynamic Asian cuisine restaurants, has undergone quite a transformation, having once been home to a Sizzler Steak House.
While creating a stunning new look for the restaurant, Horst managed to harmoniously fuse a clean, modern design with Asian-inspired elements. He explains, "We tried a couple of different ways to achieve that look, with the use of materials and forms. We used some items that we thought would inspire a Japanese feeling. We used Japanese tiles, these little tile sticks that come from Japan and they do have this Asian feeling to them. They're a little unusual, but they're very simple and we used them on the outside and the inside in both black and white. And then the combination of black with splashes of crimson red we felt gave it an Asian feel as well. The linear lines and the horizontality to several of the elements create that kind of Japanese underlying architectural context."
Cascading down from the ceiling are aluminum chains that give an interesting perspective to the space. Horst explains, "We used the chains as a cost effective alternative to create a dramatic ceiling treatment, and in the restaurant they span the whole dining area and the bar area to create a horizontal look. It was a way to catch the light and create a little bit of a shimmer and glistening effect, subliminally reminiscent of the Ginza district, which is a high energy, kinetic environment."
In various areas of the interior, large areas of the walls are decorated with photographic murals depicting the Ginza district of Tokyo, in both contemporary and historic forms. When asked how he got the idea for the murals, Horst explains, "I found a couple of the photos on the web and we purchased them. There is a mural facing the east wall that is a mosaic comprised of historic shots of Ginza over a hundred years ago. We had to do them in small shots because they're historic photos and they don't have a very high resolution, so we had to keep them relatively small. We used a series of different photographs over and over again to create a montage. Some are in black and white and a couple of them were done in crimson red to add some interest. So all those historic photos we found through archives of photographs. The one that is of the famed Sukiyabashi Crossing is one that we blew up and cropped to size to fit into the curved recessed booth. Another photograph with the streaming lights of the traffic in the city was taken by a photographer to show what Ginza looks like today. That picture is extremely current, it was shot just a couple of months ago for this application. So it's an overview of what Ginza is and was."
Interspersed in eight locations throughout the dining and bar areas are 12' tall backlit displays that house life-sized terracotta figures, which are replicas of the well-known historic terracotta soldiers. "They were made in China and they're actually made of terracotta. We were offered different finish choices, so we chose an antique bronze, which helps to set a certain tone."
Aside from the historic, there are also contemporary accents such as the pod chairs in the bar and lounge area. Four dramatic egg-shaped pod seats with a high gloss black shell and a sound deadening upholstered interior are suspended from the ceiling and are an immediate draw for guests. Horst explains, "I was looking for something that would be a focal point to draw people to. In lounges it's nice to have some sort of interesting seating that people will be attracted to and remember, so I found them. They took quite a while to get because they weren't in production yet, but when we got them, they just fit perfectly into what we were trying to do."
Altogether the project took about eight weeks to design and then six months to build. Horst adds, "It was a real pleasure working with the owners. They're really wonderful people."
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