The Catch Restaurant

Open AD designed The Catch Restaurant with contrasting styles of both muted industrial materials, as well as bright and bold neon lights to show the mixed styles of the dining experience at this Berlin establishment.

  • area / size 1,506 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Location Berlin, Germany,
  • Type Restaurant,
  • The Catch is an izakaya-style restaurant in a neoclassical building in the affluent neighbourhood of Charlottenburg, Berlin. With a design concept rooted in the contrast and interaction between Berlin and Japan, the 140m2 space gets a lot of its character from the smart application of contrast as a tool. See for example, the roughness of the timber and exposed original walls play with the lightness and fragility of the wicker lamps.

    These contrasts are an expression of the Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy, a worldview based on the idea that beauty is imperfect and impermanent. Just like the city of Berlin with its pre-war grandeur interspersed with stark concrete structures, coloured by artistic graffiti and personalities.

    The interior oozes with references to traditional Japanese culture interpreted in contemporary design language. Notice the display of dishware repaired in the kintsugi or golden repair technique. The decorative panels above the bar, inspired by Japan’s Noren or fabric panel curtains. In the bathrooms, manga and neon nod at the modern day vibe of Tokyo.

    Open for lunch and dinner, later at night The Catch welcomes guests for cocktails, sake and whiskey. Open AD placed a heavy focus on lighting design to ensure a change in atmosphere between dining and drinking hours. The wicker lights above the handcrafted natural wood and epoxy resin table are inspired by fishing nets and baskets. The atmospheric pink and blue light is based on the shape of a traditional Japanese boat, the wasen.

    Design: Open AD
    Design Team: Zane Tetere-Sulce, Olga Ponomarjova, Beatrise Dzerve
    Photography: Alvis Rozenbergs