The owners of the former Sushi Home restaurant have opened in Ruzafa’s neighborhood, Valencia, their Nozomi Sushi Bar, a restaurant designed by masquespacio where the main goal was to recreate in the best way a traditional street of Tokyo. The owners are José Miguel Herrera and Nuria Morell a couple passionate about the Japanese cusine, specialists in authentic traditional sushi, their passion about the Japanese cuisine can be seen in their dishes, perfectionists and delicates, but flavourful, something characteristic of the Japanese food. If with their dishes they get to move you to a traditional passageway from Tokyo, now they will get that just when you cross the Nozomi’s door and go into their new restaurant.
Masquespacio was the studio in charge of developing the new identity and interior design. These young designers have been studying the Japanese culture to get to bring diner guests to a trip of sensations to Tokio. The name “Nozomi” was chosen by the founders and it means “japanese high speed bullet train” and at the same time “fulfilled dream”. Two meanings that the owners thought that represent their project.
One of the main materials is the gray and crude concrete in the structure, walls, ceilings and floor, that together with the warm wood create an attractive contrast. Here continues the duality that owners show in Nozomi’s name, traditionality and contemporanity. The concrete as a cold, crude, industrial and contemporany materil, contrary to the wood a warm, delicate and traditional material typical of the Japanese architecture.
Once inside the restaurant, masquespacio get to move us to one of these authentich Japanese streets with doors, windows and ceilings represent characteristic architectural details of the traditional Japan. Their exact structures full of balance characteristic of the minimal japanese concepts are reinterpreted in Nozomi. Once in “the square” where this Japanese street at the center of Valencia converge, there we find withe leaves inspired by the origami, placed on the ceiling that reinterpret a cherry-tree, as if we are in a japanese courtyard. The chairs are the chairs that Missana designed of which we have talked in a previous post (you can read more here).