Commissioned to the specialists of Process5 Design, the Secession Restaurant (in Tanabe, southern Japan) is an icon of the connection between food and art, within a pure architecture container.
The proprietor and chef is also a lover of the Viennese Secession art movement, and the mission was to charm customers with emotions going beyond those of mere taste.
The exterior’s impact is sensational for its sharp shapes, for the materials used and the choice of lighting fixtures.
The pared-down, well-defined lines of intersecting volumes give an attractive ‘it’ factor to the exterior shell, even before you realize you’re looking at a restaurant.
Once inside the restaurant, the atmosphere changes dramatically: Secession paintings are everywhere, though positioned with restraint, and the choice of materials and furniture creates a warm, relaxing ambience.
The third element of surprise is the food and the artistic way it’s presented.
The Secession Restaurant is a constant source of stimuli for its customers, who are led by its shapes and contents along a journey full of essential stops, the first one being right in front of the entrance, where the sign ‘A Dinner Party transformed into art’ is written in German.