Yuimu: A Green Revolution in Japanese Restaurant Design

Watsonkoay and Elroy Moo's Award-Winning Design for a Wood-Free, Eco-Friendly Dining Experience

Yuimu, a unique Japanese restaurant in Malaysia, breaks the mold with its innovative, wood-free design. Created by Watsonkoay and Elroy Moo, the interior design of this establishment is a testament to sustainable practices, modern aesthetics, and the rich cultural heritage of Japan.

The name "Yuimu" is derived from the Chinese word "Ben," which, when the middle horizontal line is removed, translates to "wooden." However, in a twist of irony, the restaurant's interior is completely devoid of wood. The designers have ingeniously crafted a "no wood" space, utilizing a variety of alternative, eco-friendly materials that meet international green standards. The design is not only environmentally conscious but also visually stunning, with lighting inspired by the four seasons creating a dynamic ambiance.

Yuimu is a hybrid restaurant featuring Omakase, a Japanese dining tradition where the chef decides the menu. The double-storey loft structure houses a yakitori section, a sake bar, a private dining area, and an Omakase session area. The restaurant's design and decoration had to comply with the building's green status, leading to the use of zero-formaldehyde, recycled materials.

The realization of this unique design was a challenging process. The design phase took three months, during which the team faced the daunting task of selecting materials that were non-wooden, zero formaldehyde, and environmentally friendly. Despite these challenges, the project was completed within the set timeframe of 90 days, demonstrating the team's commitment and efficiency.

The design of Yuimu is a fusion of traditional and modern elements, reflecting a deep appreciation for nature and the changing seasons. The designers have carefully curated a range of innovative materials, from sleek metal accents to warm, earthy textures, creating a captivating atmosphere that enhances the dining experience. The result is a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and sustainable.

Yuimu's innovative design has not gone unnoticed. In 2023, it was awarded Silver in the A' Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award, a prestigious accolade that recognizes outstanding expertise and innovation in design. This award is a testament to the creativity, technical skill, and commitment to sustainability demonstrated by Watsonkoay and Elroy Moo in the creation of Yuimu.

Project Details and Credits

Project Designers: Watson Koay
Image Credits: Photographer C Y Wong Videographer Monster Production House
Project Team Members: Art director: Watsonkoay Head of project: Elroy Moo
Project Name: Yuimu
Project Client: Watson Koay

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