YANAKO

2013 | Manayunk, Philadelphia

Zagat Survey says: “Even Center City dwellers should make the trip up Kelly Drive to check out the new spot, and not only for the bright but nuanced flavors – the lunch and dinner restaurant has a very unique, must-see interior.”

Yanako’s owner, Moon Krapugthong, was seeking to create a multi-sensory experience at her Japanese restaurant. Like classic Japanese dishes, the design amplifies the natural and the simple. A vertical garden fills the daylit atrium and wood paneling warms the spaces and tempers sound for a more intimate dining experience. The spaces feels home-like by design to provide guests with the warmth and welcome you might feel if you were greeted in Moon’s home. Working on a tight budget, Re:Vision collaborated with Moon’s employees and builders on the design and the extended team was integral in securing creative finishes and materials, including 100 year old roofing tile from a temple in Japan that was being deconstructed.

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