Header: Chris Rohrer
Encompassing the interiors, facade, and patio of a 3,000-square-foot restaurant with 700 square feet of outdoor space, the project is located in the ‘A’ali’i shops at the Ward Village mixed-use development, overlooking Victoria Ward Park on O’ahu, Hawaii.
A flagship in the island
As the flagship restaurant for a growing and innovative restaurant group, it was important to the client that the design be bold and transportive. Inspired by the client’s perspective, the design team created an elevated, holistic ambiance that plays a part in the group’s mission to bring meaningful change to the dining landscape in Hawaii.
The interior of Cino, Honolulu, is a striking convergence of maximalism, Art Deco, and contemporary styles, where saturated colors intermingle with plush florals, animal prints, and crisp geometric shapes in unexpected ways to create a complex visual feast for the eyes. In the spirit of an eccentric artist’s apartment, the 3,000-square-foot restaurant interior is composed of three distinct areas: the main cocktail bar and lounge at the entry, a dedicated raw bar, and the main dining room.
Cocktails and food
The cocktail bar is flanked by the smaller raw bar, which echoes its design features: a ribbed bar face of teal-blue tile, an amazonite marble bar top, decorative brass shelving, and slatted, baroque-inspired molding that arches over the back bar. Overhead, a hexagonal chandelier of polished brass is set in a mirrored recessed cove, casting an ambient glow over the space and creating a dramatic focal point in the room.
Twin curvilinear banquettes in sumptuous pinks, gold, chartreuse, and claret face the bars, formed by an explosion of giant flower petals. The softness of the room is accentuated by translucent, purple drapery. Underfoot, marble-look black and white porcelain tiles are laid out in an oversized diagonal chevron pattern that weaves through and visually links the three spaces.
Deep mulberry is the dominant color in the main dining room, serving as the backdrop for layers of flora and fauna prints, textured upholstery, and large chromatic portraits of exotic animals. Plush velvets surround, including an ultra-feminine floral print banquette and dining chairs in saturated Kelly-green velvet. Additional accents include polished brass and high-gloss table tops, layering in a touch of luxe glamour to complete the Avant Garde vibe.