Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker, co-founders of Zuma, approached B3 Designers to work alongside Super Potato’s Norioshi Muramatsu to establish the first Roka restaurant in Charlotte Street, London.
Roka's concept is focused on head chef Nicolas Watt’s fantastic Japanese grilled food. We brought this into our interior design with the layout centring on the robata grill, which we positioned in the centre of the restaurant. The robata grill is made from Asian granite and is surrounded by a tabletop of waney edged elm.
At the rear of the restaurant, we designed illuminated Washi wallpaper to create a warm glowing backdrop at night, reflected in the maple dining tables. Enhancing the glow are stacks of traditional Japanese glass jars hold slowly maturing shochu shelved on reclaimed railway sleepers.
We left the ceiling bare to expose the ducts and pipes, allowing the customers to appreciate the honest industrial architecture.
The interiors bring together two key elements of Japanese design, the use of clean materials and appreciation of beauty. This philosophy is felt in the sculptural materials and open glass shopfront.