New York's Citizens food hall features a variety of different cuisines, one being chef Katsuya Uechi's latest Japanese fine-dining space. Restaurant Katsu-ya serves sushi with a contemporary, California twist. Wanting to reflect this fusion dining, the Rockwell Group design firm used traditional Japanese aesthetic elements and paired them with modern, Western details. Astek's team provided the firm with imagery of Japanese wagasa, or umbrellas. These motifs appear on various surfaces in the restaurant, from walls to glass dividers, and represent a sense of dynamism.
These two influences come together to evoke a blending of past and present worlds, just like the food does. Guests are encouraged to revisit traditional Japanese culture when looking at the deep hues of red, only to be brought right back to the present with bold textures and patterns. This unique dining experience ultimately leaves visitors impressed by the chef's pioneering spirit.