In Tokyo, Grillno is an intimate and welcoming restaurant designed around its open kitchen. “The project started for my old good friend [who is a chef],” says Keiji Ashizawa, founder of Tokyo-based studio Keiji Ashizawa Design. “Grillno is the second restaurant we [did] together.”
The brief to create the space, which seats 26 diners, was based on a few keywords: fun, relaxing, friendship, and family. The architect first planned the open kitchen and its long concrete counter with a lighting fixture in steel hanging above it.
“We tried to achieve a [calm] atmosphere with moments of tension to match the food and hospitality, says Ashizawa. Then, he used rough materials and neutral colors such as grey and black, and worked with craftsmen to bring Grillno to life. Opened since last September, this Japanese restaurant is as comfortable as it is elegant, simple, and timeless.