Issho – which translates to “together” in Japanese – is a contemporary dining destination located in Victoria Gate, Leeds.
Working closely with D&D London, DesignLSM created a vibrant restaurant space that has an authentic and refined aesthetic, achieved through using materials that give a subtle nod to the delicate textured fabrics of East Asia.
The site is over 7,800 square feet, and comprises a restaurant with open sushi counter, sophisticated rooftop bar and outdoor terrace. Alongside the roof terrace is the ‘Kori Bar’, which is timber framed and beautifully lit by the monochrome ceiling art. Bespoke banquette style seating provides areas of privacy, which is balanced with counter seating for a more theatrical and social experience.
DesignLSM used a bold yet simple palette for the scheme, which revolved around natural materials and elements including traditional oak, natural-edge porphyry stone, marble tiles and black charred timber.
The charred timber used in the bar area is Lead, our Shou Sugi Ban cladding from our Carbonised portfolio. Ancient Japanese techniques are used to char the wood, creating rich, silvery tones that demonstrate the statement masterpiece that results from the fusion of historic origin and artistic approach.