Alvin T is a young Indonesian interior and furniture designer who wants to bring Indonesian style and design to the world’s attention, affirming Indonesian identity on an international scale and encouraging people to appreciate the country’s traditional style (in a contemporary version) and materials. He does it one step at a time, project after project, and the project he presents to the world today is Sushigroove Market, a Japanese restaurant for which he provided the interior design.
Alvin T’s idea was to take the iconic elements of the Japanese tradition and add a contemporary pop note, developed using kilometre zero local materials. Of course the experiment worked: textures, patterns, wall paintings and depictions all give the restaurant a frivolous yet authentic flavour. The big fish-scale structure covering the bar counter definitely helps. Colours play an important role too, combining the traditional chaste hues of wood with bright colours such as green and blue, providing the note of frivolity that makes the paradox of "contemporary tradition" come true.
Location: Kota Kasablanka Shopping Mall - Central Jakarta, Indonesia
Design: Alvin T –http://www.alvin-t.com/
Photos: Courtesy of the architect