Based in the heart of Oxford, Shoryu Ramen is a new restaurant that serves Hakata tonkotsu ramen, a speciality dish from Fukuoka, a city on the island of Kyushu, located on the southern coast of Japan. Designed by Blenheim Design, the principal idea for the restaurant was based on the belief that life moves through five phases – fire, water, metal, wood and earth.
These elements were sensitively incorporated throughout the restaurant space to create a harmonious and ordered design. Maja Myall from Blenheim Design commented: “The brief set out by the client was to create a simple and elegant restaurant, housing around 90 diners, whilst fusing two different cultures.
We had to be respectful to Oxford’s historic past whilst the interior remained instantly recognisable as a Japanese restaurant. “Our design team dedicated a substantial amount of time to researching principles of Hakata’s historic building techniques and the local Oxford architecture to create a unique standout restaurant.” Oak, stone and bronze provide a nod to historic Oxford, whilst Japanese elements come from illuminated rice lanterns, bamboo and suspended sake box screens.
A nine-metre long, open theatre kitchen creates a main focal point in the restaurant, and it is here where Solus’ tiles are most prominent. A bespoke colour mix from the popular Program 2 range was crafted for the floor, showcasing a selection of triangle shapes in black and white, the tiles were applied to the apron area in front of the kitchen.
On a raised cocktail bar, the designers utilised tiles from the highly customisable Polygon range, a unique speckled collection that can be personalised with a choice of geometric prints in a huge array of bold, solid colours. Maja continued: “Blenheim Design has been working together with Solus for the past five years and we’ve specified Solus on all Shoryu projects so far and they never fail to deliver.
The design was something that we were really proud of and we are thrilled to announce that we have just won the ‘Silver A’ design award for Shoryu. It is great to see our designs being recognised by industry professionals. After beating off competition from over 40,000 applicants from around the world, we’re ecstatic with our recent win and look forward to continuing to work with Solus in the near future.”
Photography by Steve Joyce