Project name: Kasai Japanese Dinner Club

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Date completed: 2016

Interior designer: Stylt Trampoli

Kasai is a sophisticated dinner club with an upstairs dining room and a downstairs area with a stage that transforms into a night club later on.The owners wanted a modern dinner club, a restaurant that would turn into a night club after restaurant hours, incorporating space for shows and entertainment.

They wanted it to be clearly Japanese, without resorting to cliches. To be multifunctional but inviting at the same time. For Stylt, it was important to create an experience not just with an initial wow-factor but something that the guests would want to experience more than once – timeless, elegant, striking. Especially as it would have to appeal to the very worldly, choosy Stockholm audience. The solution came in the shape of shou sugi ban – wood that has been treated with fire to make it water resistant – a traditional Japanese material not often seen outside Japan, but which ticked all the boxes in terms of originality, drama and beauty.

Stylt Trampoli’s favourite aspect of the project was the contrast between the sooty, cracked walls and the glowing velvet seats. The design works because it is a seamless part of a carefully designed guest experience. Because it is based on a strong, strategic concept, it is meaningful as well as gorgeous, durable and commercially effective.