Restaurant/Cafe and Commercial Kitchen, 170m2, Roseberry, Sydney, Australia

Ipukku is a new Restaurant/cafe concept that serves a fusion of Japanese and healthy fare. The name ‘Ipukku’ derives from the Japanese meaning – to take a break/tea time.  The client’s brief was to create an environment that reflects her personality and heritage, in a modern context.

We wanted to create a soft feminine and unassuming energy to the space. We introduced warm oak timber panelled joinery and ceiling, soft pastel pinks and lavender colours that adorn the walls, floating above a polished concrete floor.

The north facing aspect and operable doors allows for maximum natural lighting and a strong connection to the outdoor landscape. Integrated lighting and frameless glass display’s create clean lines and an entirely customised result.

The key feature to the dining area is the large scale Japanese illustration/painting of the client who is painted in a traditional kimono, drawn in a naive and stylistic, yet quintessentially, modern Japanese way.

Photography: Anna White

Artist: Marko Hrubyj- Piper