Minimalism Meets Drama – The Sushi Room by Richards & Spence

Words by Angharad Jones
Architecture by Richards & Spence
Photography by Cieran Murphy
Build by Lamberts
Branding by Studio Bland

The third and final restaurant to join The Calile Hotel is bringing elegant Japanese cuisine to Brisbane. The Sushi Room’s interior – designed by the team at Richards & Spence – possesses a kind of pared-back minimalism that could have come straight out of Tokyo.

But forget the clichés – it was 1960s neo-futurism and midcentury pop that shaped the inspiration for this intimate space. Stone-topped tables and grey upholstered booths surround the 9.3-metre solid Japanese hinoki timber counter where all the magic, theatre and performance happens, enhanced by its cinematic lighting.

Upstairs, bright red walls form a private dining room, contrasting with the simple timber communal dining table. Capping it all off? A textured domed ceiling. Because an extra dose of drama cannot hurt.