This project is a product of one of my first group design challenges. Teams consisted of three designers, one focused in furniture, one in interiors, and one in architecture. This style of project allowed group members to work within their chosen field, which helped to simulate the interdepartmental communication that takes place within design firms. Roles could overlap if necessary as the primary goal was to develop communication skills while designing. My role consisted of: overseeing interior architecture, managing graphic design for client presentations, developing the overall plan and sequencing, and focusing on the entry design and bar seating section.
Our team was tasked with designing a Japanese Fusion restaurant and our client favored a modern and elemental aesthetic. They wanted to be sure that the restaurant blended into and referenced the city environment, while affording guests a unique experience that was cocooned from the commotion of everyday life. Our design team developed an approach which sought to express historic Japanese elements through modern materials, that referenced Milwaukee’s industrial upbringing.