New Practice Studio blends modern and traditional Japanese drawing elements in Atlas Kitchen restaurant
Atlas Kitchen is a contemporary Chinese restaurant based in New York’s Upper West Side. The venue combines inventive cuisine and techniques with contemporary artwork. “Atlas” stands for mountains and seas in Chinese and these words are reflected throughout the interior. The restaurant interior was completed by interdisciplinary firm New Practice Studio.
“The main concept of the restaurant is to translate the idea of the Atlas spatially, corresponding to the contemporary art: New Classic of Mountains and Seas: Rooftop by artist Qiu Anxiong, and bringing a modern-hybrid-traditional dining experience to the neighborhood. On the exterior, the contrast between dark metal and white plaster is used to echo traditional Chinese painting techniques; the filleted canopy further articulates the curvilinear weaves in the sea. Moving to the interior, the overall desaturated color palette recalls the aged traditional drawing quality, which is also used by the artist; the use of plain oak ceiling and floor provides warm dining experience. Spatially, the design combined two small existing storefronts into three distinct programs: table-bar area, main dining area, and semi-private dining area,” explains New Practice Studio