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A plan for a small “snack” (Japanese style karaoke bar) located on one floor of a building complex. The owner inherited the name “Nihon-go” from his parents who also ran the same business. Starting from the 1960’s snacks gained popularity supported by the bubble economy in the Showa-era. One of the main characteristics of a snack is that the guests come to enjoy communication with the host “Mama”. Here a U-formed bar counter was made surrounding this snack bar symbol (the Mama). Teakwood was used for the counter and a solid piece of marble with strong contrast was cut into sheets to form the backdrop, creating a simple atmosphere but an updated version of the snack culture in the past. Each consisting of a single arm and round velour seat, the form of the 9 new chairs surrounding the counter is a reinterpretation of the voluminous sofa often seen in typical snacks. Seeking for the “snack-ness” from the past, we aimed to portray this in a contemporary manner.

Type of Project: Interior
Use: Snack Bar
Period: May 2015 – Oct 2015
Floor Area: 20.0m2
Location: Fukuoka, Japan
Design: Koichi Futatsumata, Koichi Shimohira(CASE-REAL)
Construction: Jikuu-kenchiku-koubou
Lighting Plan: Tatsuki Nakamura(BRANCH LIGHTING DESIGN)
Manufacture of Furniture: Acht
Sign Design: Rikako Nakashima (village®)
Photo: Hiroshi Mizusaki

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