Hashi Mori (Berlin, Germany):
Affect Studio

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Hashi Mori is an Izakaya Japanese Kitchen deep in the cultural city of Berlin, designed by Affect Studio. This new Izakaya combines traditional Japanese materials and handcraft with modern atmospheric lighting to create a beautiful glowing dining space.

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By using the chopstick as a simple, repeating element, the project creates an immersive and highly intimate canopy over the space.

The installation is made out of 13,454 hand drilled, stained, and threaded chopsticks, 57,400 knots, and over 20 kilometres of nylon and took a crew of 14 people three weeks to complete.

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A wallpaper resembling a lush forest from afar prominently covers the back wall of the restaurant. Hand drawn on the computer and then processed by a customized script, the brightly lit wallpaper attracts curious visitors passing down Rosenthalerstrasse with its recognizable image, only to gradually dissolve into a line drawing and warm texture when viewed up close.

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Hashi Mori was an entry into the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2012 / 13. The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the Farmiloe Building, London on the 12th September. You can buy tickets for the awards online.

Images © Affect Studio; Iohanna Nicenboim

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