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  • client Masumi Koh
  • location Tokyo
  • status Completed 2022
  • photographer Yasuyuki Takagi
  • area 285 SF

Tarachan specializes in Pugok, a traditional, healthy Korean soup that restaurant owner, Masumi, wanted to share with the Japanese community. With this in mind, Crème designed a space that blends an informal Japanese bar and a bustling after-work Korean restaurant, a space that celebrates tradition and exploration.

Greeting guests and passersby, the storefront displays a neon fish sign on the shutter above the window façade, nodding to Tarachan’s specialty dish. Pale green tiles placed in a traditional Korean pattern are featured throughout the space, while opaque, wired glass and bare concrete walls give a rustic and industrial feeling to the restaurant. A long, wood bar/counter and six custom lighting fixtures with Korean patterns hang above, and a custom-made banquet located in the back of the restaurant allows for guests to gather intimately.

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