Emily Danylchuk uses pale colour palette to unify bold styles in Japanese restaurant
Saku is a new Japanese-style restaurant based in downtown Vancouver, Canada. The restaurant’s specialty is Tonkatsu – a Japanese dish which consists of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet. The project was designed by Canadian interior designer Emily Danylchuk.
“I designed Saku with Art Deco / Retro 70’s / Traditional Japanese influences in mind. I wanted the small space to feel light, inviting, and soothing, like the comfort food they offer up. The result is a space that boldly catches your attention even from the street because of the pale colour palette and consistency in tones. I added interior curved wall features to soften and elevate the small rectangular multi-unit commercial box. The slatted wood drop-ceiling waterfalls down one feature wall and nods to the use of wood in traditional Japanese restaurants. Long banquette seating maximizes the space and humbly reminds us of a retro diner when paired with the stacked-maple Formica-topped tables. Two stunning 16” Halo pendants by renowned Vancouver designer Matthew McCormick take centre stage as a luxurious touch among the otherwise minimalist finishings. The kitschy bathroom wallpaper is meant to bring an unexpected smile to one’s face, and is original vintage stock from the 1970’s, imported from Italy. The exterior has been fully-wrapped in horizontal cedar paneling which stands out boldly from the other units along this long strip of dated commercial street fronts. Sustainable considerations include the use of Formica’s Paper Terrazzo laminate which uses recycled offcuts of recycled solid laminates, as well as the inclusion of Ikea’s Odger chair, made from reclaimed wood chips and recycled plastic. The restaurant is also compliant to the City of Vancouver’s ASHRAE energy use standards,” says Emily Danylchuk