Valencia-based design studio Masquespacio has fashioned the latest outpost for sushi chain Ichi Station. Reflective of the brand name, the new Milan location echoes the aesthetic of train stations through a futuristic, abstract lens that immerses visitors in light. “When [patrons] enter Ichi Station, they are in their own capsule far away from everything that happens outside,” says Masquespacio creative director Ana Hernández, “like being in a spaceship that takes them to the outer world, eating very colorful and contrasting sushi.”
Varying throughout the day, indirect lighting softly casts Ichi Station in an ethereal colorway via the ceiling and faux circular windows that serve as distinctive focal points. Custom furniture further adds a transportive quality to the design, along with glass tables equipped with their own glowing, internal lighting. Glass and microcements command the materiality, which supports the illusion with its minimalism. “Only using a few materials, we wanted to augment the effect of being in a spaceship,” Hernández adds.
Furthermore, the ceiling was lowered in the second half of the interior, where a tunnel invites visitors to glimpse the sushi chefs at work.