721 tonkatsu is a Japanese restaurant which opened last year in Shanghai. Created by Golucci International Design, an architecture practice based in Beijing, the restaurant occupies an area of 200 Sqm. Features a contemporary design that’s based on a specific, if not very chinese, concept of tranquility and harmony. The Golucci design team formulated a number of values inherent of the dining experience at 721 tonkatsu and used those as a foundation for the aesthetics.
The design aims to evoke the feel of a tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle outside, a place where customers are looked after with great care and, of course, with great food. The setting features traditional materials such as bricks and wood in a minimalist setting, creating an atmosphere that is distinctly modern but with a rustic edge. 721 tonkatsu is divided into two zones, a more intimate one with large tables in front, and a dining hall with smaller tables and cubicles in the back. Striking cloud-like chandeliers made from white cloth light up the restaurant and seemingly drift across the space.