Bento Box

Bento Box

The fit-out of two Bento Box restaurants became an opportunity to re-examine the franchise’s brand. The client required a design that was a cohesive, recognisable statement. It needed to differentiate them by referencing the Japanese origins of the food, the brand name and the Bento style of serving cuisine – usually in a box-shaped container made from a range materials, from disposable mass produced to finely handcrafted. The design played with these ideas. Conceived as an abstract unfolded box, the consciously crafted interior lining was juxtaposed with an inexpensive, mass produced construction material. The OSB (Oriented Strand Board) material was also chosen because of its warm, natural quality and appearance, which references textures such as rice, paper screens or wooden matting as well other aspects of Japanese culture and aesthetics. The project was a successful collaboration between the client, architect (Cumulus), and graphic design team (Futago), on a tight time frame and budget.


Cumulus Studio


Slevin Construction


Structural engineer – Engineering Solutions Tasmania

Lighting consultant – Southern Lighting and Distribution

Building surveyor – Pitt & Sherry

Graphic designer – Futago


Nina Hamilton


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