Situated in the affluent neighbourhood of Mayfair, Lucky Cat is owned by British chef Gordon Ramsay and offers a menu of Asian-inspired small plates and sushi.
"We tried to work with materials and colurs that are subtle and classic, not too shouty – I worry about short-term tactics, everything ends up looking the same. How many times do you visit a place because it looks great in a picture but disappoints in real life?" Afroditi Krassa, the studio's founder.

To achieve this shadowy aesthetic the studio looked to Japanese kissas – underground jazz cafes which sprung up around Tokyo in the 1930s, where locals would listen to music while enjoying food and cocktails.

"They were bold, atmospheric and nocturnal type of places where you would go to let your hair down and experiment with new, fun things," said Krassa.
"The story of the kissas really described the emotion that the food evoked as well as the ambience we wanted to achieve; considered but not formal, vibrant but not gimmicky – urban, youthful and fun."

"It also challenged our stereotypes of Japan being very formal and strict architecturally," she continued. The main dining space has thus been completed with dark wood parquet floors and an inky-black ceiling. Surrounding surfaces are lined with black-painted canes of bamboo, or fronted by black-linen screens. Lighting is restricted to a few rows of lantern-like spherical lights and brass wall sconces.

There is relatively little contrast between colors, pattern and finish, yet a lot of richness in texture and tactility – Lucky Cat is a layered design that reveals more every time you visit," added Krassa.