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YAR

March 26, 2009

Located in Queensbridge Square at the base of Freshwater Place, a recently completed residential/commercial tower complex on Melbourne’s Southbank, Yar is a collaboration between architect David Saunders and artist Daniel Truscott. Saunders was simply asked to create a unique interior, but with modest means. “I wanted to leave the concrete bare,” says Saunders, “and I […]

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Located in Queensbridge Square at the base of Freshwater Place, a recently completed residential/commercial tower complex on Melbourne’s Southbank, Yar is a collaboration between architect David Saunders and artist Daniel Truscott. Saunders was simply asked to create a unique interior, but with modest means. “I wanted to leave the concrete bare,” says Saunders, “and I wanted to avoid stereotyping the idea of a Japanese restaurant.” Instead of the clichéd colour palette of red and black, Saunders opted for red and green.

[The] idea of making art objects/experiences with everyday things was to be a driving force in Yar’s interior design. Both designers were looking for resonances with the cultural context of Japanese food. Saunders designed lampshades made form bamboo sushi mats and chairs made of laminated bamboo that he had fabricated in China. Truscott painted Japanese koi (carp) on the bar concrete columns and people scaled Kokeshi dolls on the toilet doors. To attenuate sound, he designed giant fabric acoustic panels that resemble the abstracted shapes of whales that might emerge from origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding.

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