Ichiba | London

Concept Creation | Interior Design

The Japan Centre Group invited CADA Design to produce their next project, Ichiba, Europe’s largest Japanese food hall in Europe’s largest shopping centre.

CADA were commissioned to plan and execute the design for Ichiba, London’s premier Japanese dining and retail destination. Ichiba is situated in the new Westfield London extension at Shepherd’s Bush.

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Challenge

Successful completion of the brief would mean producing a design that would take advantage of the massive 17,400-sq. ft., space. As well as dining and retail options, Ichiba would need to appeal to the local community, enabling the space to become a hub. Finally, it would also need to be a combination of subtle Japanese design and contemporary retail style.

Solution

The CADA team worked over 18 months to create Ichiba. It is an evolution of the traditional food hall experience, with a dynamic blend of off-the-shelf produce prepared daily—ideal for people who love Japanese food and culture, alongside those searching for Instagram-friendly moments.

The store features a Japanese bakery concept, Sushi grab-and-go offer, meat and fish counter, and space for customers to sit at counters around the perimeter theatre kitchen which includes a robata, demo kitchen and sake bar, deli counter and beer taps. Ichiba also contains an okonomiyaki island counter plus thousands of Japanese grocery products including fruit and veg and a specialist homeware department. Aesthetically, Ichiba is bold, contemporary, yet timeless, reflecting Japan through subtle environmental elements like chopstick-style lighting.

The look and feel of the store, designed by CADA Design, is wonderful. The combination of plenty of natural light, well-deployed artificial light (especially the LED fridges) and a massive load of timber creates a most pleasing environment indeed […] Overall, this is a beautiful concept that deserves to flourish.

Bryan Roberts, Global Insights Director, TCC

 

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