Designer: Design Spirits
Photos: Toshide Kajiwara via

Designing restaurant interiors is not only about building functional spaces with a decent amount of visual appeal. Today, designers often take it to the level of a veritable art. This is the case of the Nautilus Project restaurant, located in the ION shopping center of Singapore. Created by the Japanese firm Design Spirits, this restaurant interior is not only appealing, but unique and inspiring.

Because the restaurant specializes in seafood, a marine theme seemed appropriate. The designers confessed that their vision was initially different than that of the food consultant; still the blend of the two ideas resulted in a modern, functional and attractive interior design.

The restaurant interior evokes the look of a marine cavern, with walls flowing in smooth curves and structures that seem shaped by waters. The general feel is that of submerging into the depths of the ocean world. The open entrance that lures passers-by into the restaurant was an intentional feature, meant to create an open and inviting space and offer them a glimpse of the interior.

At the entrance, the restaurant meets its customers with an oyster bar on one side and a display of mouth-watering shell fish paired by a luscious dessert spread on the other. The open-floor plan takes them to the dining area, where pedestal tables are surrounded by modern chairs in deep blue, emphasizing the marine theme with their vibrant color.

The wood is found in the floor, the walls and the ceiling, a choice that reiterates the idea of an underwater adventure, where the same element – water – is all-present. The use of the same material creates a coherent interior that flows well and where nothing looks accidental.

As the main feature of the interior, bamboo walls provide some amount of privacy but do not break the open feel of the space. The oblique slats and the curved shape of the walls evoke both the flowing movement of underwater vegetation and the effect of water on submarine structures.

It is mostly due to these unexpected shapes that the restaurant interior becomes an unconventional space, full of character. By using them, the designers did not just add to the aesthetics of the interior, but recreated a world. The use of a sustainable material can only be a plus.

Oval shapes pop up at every step, reminiscent of water’s ability to softly shape its surroundings. Ambience light descends from oval cutouts in the ceiling, while the kitchen offers itself to view through an eye-shaped window. Customers seem to be able to get a glimpse of every corner of the restaurant, and the eye wonders all over the space, similar to the way water fills every crevice in the ground.

Above all, the interior creates a certain atmosphere. The flow of the walls, the colors, the lights, the long window wall that reconnects the interior to its surroundings – all these blend into a space whose futuristic vibe does not stop it from being warm, inviting and somewhat magical.

Please take a look at our Before and After images of selected projects from 2015 HERE.

If you are thinking to open up a new business or in a process of rebranding and remodeling your existing business, contact us to get a free consultation from Mindful Design Consulting. Click HERE to price your project design.

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