Blue Ocean Sushi Bar:
Bells & Whistles

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Blue Ocean Robata + Sushi Bar, Carlsbad, California, has been designed by Bells & Whistles as a fresh, re-definition of Japanese cuisine. The vision of the owner of the restaurant was that it should be completely new and non-traditional.

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“The opportunity to complement the expectation-defying cuisine offered at Blue Ocean with a similarly unanticipated space was an exciting challenge,” said Bells & Whistles principal designer Barbara Rourke, who, along with co-principal Jason St. John, responded with a conceptual approach both modern and uniquely oceanic.

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The exterior space and landscaping, that mimics coral beds, a rocky shoreline and surface-grazing minnows swimming alongside the origami-inspired signage, begins the guests’ oceanic experience.

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This is followed by a sculptural, geometric fish entryway beckoning the guest indoors and transports to a wondrous undersea world with wood flooring the colour of the sandy ocean bottom, urchin-like lamps, and delicate bubbles of air floating to meet the refracted light of the ocean’s surface as symbolized by the origami ceiling.

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“The modern, geometric design is inspired in no small part by its location; the tidal plains of Carlsbad State Beach and the rich marine ecosystem that inhabits the coastal kelp beds,” says St. John. “The sunlight, energy and colours of Southern California provided a rich tapestry of tones and shapes that drove the design process.”

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Images © Jennifer Puno

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