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Nautilus Project

Lead Designers
Prize(s)Gold in Interior Design / Commercial
Entry Description

The Nautilus Project is located on the fourth floor of the ION Shopping Center, where opened recently on the Orchard Road, Singapore. The great strategy of the location has brought them lot of benefits as the floor composite of sales, drinks and food. Besides, the entrance of the restaurant is flanked on one side by an oyster bar and on the other side by displays of delectable dessert and trays of fresh crustaceans on ice.

A certain concept of the design, chef, design and location have been prepared by the food consultant from the beginning had caused me difficulty in leading my own ideal interior design. However, the owner is the president of the cargo company and her beauty made me decided to reflect her sophisticate, elegant plus the tender characteristic to this restaurant project.

I stopped making a facade and designed the entrance where a common passageway for the restaurant in order to make visitor enter easily without any hesitation. Both are curved inward towards the middle to highlight the beginning of the passageway into the restaurant. This create a non-intimidating welcome for passers-by to get a glimpse of what the restaurant has to offer, as well as sets the tone for the restaurant’s focus on an interactive experience for the patrons.


Yuhkichi Kawai was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1967. He graduated from the Department of Law from Keio University in 1992. Later, he found his lifelong passion towards design, he enrolled Space design in Kuwasawa Design Institute Tokyo, graduated in 1997. He worked in Super Potato co. , ltd., then in 2003 he established his own firm, design spirits co. , ltd. His initial success has begun with Feast Village (2005) in Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which won the Gold, Silver, and Merit Award of MSID (Malaysia Society of Interior Designers, Malaysia) in 2005. Feast Village is one of a must-visit place recommended in Wallpaper* City Guides book. He has won numerous prizes with Beijing Noodle No. 9 (2008) in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, including Grand Prix of Best Store Award (Japan) and Winner of Great Indoor Award (Holland) in 2009. In the same year, The Nautilus Project (2009) in Singapore has been awarded Silver Award of JCD (Japanese Commercial Environment Designers Association Award, Japan). His latest project, Niseko Lookout Café (2010) in Hokkaido, Japan has been awarded as the Winner of Restaurant & Bar Designs Award 2011 (UK). He became a lecturer in Space design at his alma mater, Kuwasawa Design Institute Tokyo in 2011.

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