Sosharu

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Located in London’s Clerkenwell district, Sosharu is an upscale Japanese izakaya restaurant by chef Jason Atherton. Inspired by traditional Japanese minka houses from the Edo era, Neri&Hu designed the restaurant with a timber structure in the centre. Sheltered within the domestic warmth of the timber ‘house’ is the main dining area, where guests can enjoy an intimate meal, while still participating in the social aspect of dining through the layering of lightweight kōshi timber screens and mirrored reflections along the outer walls.

Surrounding the ‘house’ are classic idealised Japanese landscape elements: the ‘earthen terrace’ corridor, the cold bar and dispense bar as feature ‘rocks’, the private dining tsubo-niwa ‘garden’ and the deep azure ‘sky’ above. The chef’s table, Kisetsu, meaning ‘seasons,’ occupies a discreet corner of the landscape, curtained off with Japanese indigo-dyed noren curtains printed with the Sosharu emblem. Guests are installed at a U-shaped counter reminiscent of those intimate neighbourhood izakaya where the chef greets you by name, prepares your food before your eyes and serves it to you directly.

Neri&Hu furniture made by De La Espada features in the main dining area including Shaker Chair, Shaker Bench, and Shaker Round Table. Capo Bar Stool is used at the bar.

Photo credit: Pedro Pegenaute

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Shaker is a dining table inspired by the simple, honest and utilitarian approach of the movement after which it is named. A round tabletop in solid wood or white Carrara marble rests upon a timber leg frame that recalls that of a refectory table. Designed by neri&hu and manufactured by De La Espada for the neri&hu brand.

Shaker Bench is inspired by the simple, honest and utilitarian approach of the movement after which it is named. Available with or without an upholstered seat. Optional back cushions also available. Designed by neri&hu and manufactured by De La Espada for the neri&hu brand.

The Capo series was initially designed for the Italian restaurant Capo in Shanghai, where the interior design concept was based on a basilica and possessed an old world charm of masonry enclosure appointed with handsomely crafted detailing. The chair series also takes on those qualities of heritage, where the simple and modern form is enriched with tailoring details that evoke old-world sensibilities.

The Capo is a well-balanced equilibrium between sophistication and utility, between classic and contemporary aesthetic.

Shaker Series is inspired by the simple, honest and utilitarian approach of the movement after which it is named. Shaker Back Cushion has careful detailing, attaching to the backrest of Shaker seating with belting leather straps and brass buckles.

Shaker is a dining chair, inspired by the simple, honest and utilitarian approach of the movement after which it is named. The ladder back allows the chair to be hung on the wall, as the Shakers would have done. Designed by neri&hu and manufactured by De La Espada for the neri&hu brand.