POD

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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5 ROWS x 32 COLUMNS
Pink Sheet Metal Casing
Pink Flaps with White Font
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2023 Winner of Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Standalone Category

POD is a reimagined restaurant aimed to pay tribute to Japan’s vibrant culture through its Japanese cuisine exploration, futuristic atmosphere, and contemporary architecture. Located within the University City neighborhood in Philadelphia and was conceptualized by Stephen Starr. The dynamic space is clad in colors through the various curvilinear motifs on the walls – they look like massive flowery facades. Guests can choose from a variety of seating arrangements depending on the occasion – sushi bar seats, individual two-seater booths, family-style tables, or choose from one of the three party-sized pods that rotate through an array of colors to fit the affair. The space offers a unique experience unlike any other as each dish delivers unpredictable excitement to your taste buds in every bite – successfully triggering each taste category including umami. It’s easy to say Pod sparks each of our senses through its muted color pallet, sweet and savory menu items, and the subtle click-clack coming from the Split Flap sitting behind the sushi chef.

STARR Restaurant group had the uniqueness in their design but needed that little “umph” to completely separate themselves from other Japanese cuisines – a Split Flap is the perfect thing to do just that. STARR ordered a pink powder coated board with pink flaps and white font, our first in that area of the color wheel. The board rotates through a queue of messages ranging from food specials, featured dishes, fun quotes, and more. The Split Flap hangs above the service window to the kitchen – giving us a glimpse of where the delicious Japanese concoctions are prepared. Implementing retro technology into a futuristic space seems contrary to decor principles but a Split Flap presents a subtle tie between old-school design and modern technology – the perfect piece for POD.

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