/ Night Fever 3, Hospitality Design – Momofuku Seiobo
The brief that the design team of Luchetti Krelle received for the Momofuku seiōbo restaurant, set within Sydney’s new casino complex ‘The Star’, was to create a space that reflected the Momofuku ethos, with simplicity and attention to detail at the core of the design. The kitchen is its heart, and the chefs at work the main focus of the intimate 36-seat restaurant. The restaurant is protected from the bright lights of its busy address with a rigid, vertical black steel front. The regularly spaced steel sections give the façade dynamism across its entire length, revealing flickers of light and activity from the interior to passers-by.
A bronze peach pinpoints the entry. Guests step into a serene, dark and moody space with a palette of rich, yet restrained materials. An open working bar horizontally clad in dark stained Tasmanian oak with a large, purpose-built wine refrigerator faces the entrance. Luchetti Krelle has designed flexibility into the small, narrow dining space, allowing patrons to dine at individual tables, adaptable to large or small groups, with operable blinds that are architecturally lit to divide the space and create further intimacy.
At the edge of this dining space is the counter, a shining hub of activity under a reflective bronze metal bulkhead. Here guests can engage with the chefs’ work. The counter and bar are both set on boardform concrete, lit to accentuate their position and importance in the room. The room’s slate flooring is reminiscent of two Momofuku restaurants in NewYork and, along with an expansive, smooth concrete-rendered wall, provides a restrained backdrop for the dining experience. A Momofuku-commissioned work of art by photographer Damien Bennett dresses the concrete wall. Deep, dark blue ripples soothe and remind patrons of their Sydney context.