Project Name: Kou Ramen
Location: Westpoint Centre, Blacktown
Project Type: Interior design & graphics
Date of Completion: January 2018
Located in Westpoint Centre in Blacktown, Kou Ramen is a new establishment serving as a homely hub offering traditional Japanese ramen and beer. The meaning behind the family name “Kou” holds a strong sense of home-style Japanese cooking culture, which consequently inspired the overall branding identity as well as the bright and warm interior.
The logo design for Kou Ramen is inspired by the traditional seal found in the historic Japanese era. Using a bright red, it alludes to Kou Ramen’s specific cultural offerings and the signature dish – Spicy Pork Rib Ramen. A simplistic approach to colours, shapes and branding elements on the graphics is implemented so that the brand is true to its simple intention of bringing quality and homely dishes.
Keeping in touch with the minimalistic nature of Japanese design; features such as light coloured timber, simple rectangular patterns and clean lines were used to emulate characteristics of a traditional household in a modern way. The highlight of the restaurant is undoubtedly the internal courtyard which adds a touch of life to the space whilst playfully alluding to the tatami straw mats ever present in Japanese homes. The homey and casual design of Kou Ramen reflects the restaurant’s intention of providing a place for patrons to enjoy and experience the warm welcoming atmosphere similar to the times when you were invited over to your friend’s house for dinner.