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Oita Soho by Mika Kanayama Wins Silver in A’ Interior Design Awards

Oita Soho by Mika Kanayama

Oita Soho

Mika Kanayama’s Innovative Modern Japanese Restaurant Design Recognized for Excellence by Prestigious International Jury

COMO, CO, ITALY, June 29, 2024 / — The A’ Design Award, one of the world’s most respected design competitions, has announced Mika Kanayama‘s “Oita Soho” as a Silver winner in the Interior Space and Exhibition Design category. This prestigious recognition highlights the exceptional creativity and innovation demonstrated in Kanayama’s modern Japanese restaurant design, positioning it as a notable contribution to the interior design industry.

Oita Soho’s award-winning design showcases the relevance of incorporating cultural influences and aesthetic elements to create a distinct and remarkable dining experience. By going beyond conventional minimalistic approaches, Kanayama’s design aligns with the growing trend of crafting immersive and culturally rich interior spaces that resonate with patrons on a deeper level. This recognition underscores the importance of pushing creative boundaries to meet the evolving expectations of the hospitality industry.

Kanayama’s design for Oita Soho masterfully synthesizes aesthetic and cultural elements to deliver a sophisticated and relaxing space. Inspired by Tanizaki’s essay “In Praise of Shadows,” the design artfully incorporates darkness and shadows, creating a mysterious and alluring atmosphere. Backlit paper parasols flow along the staircase, surprising and delighting visitors, while carefully placed mirrors infinitely reflect the warm, muted lighting. The abundant use of plants and botanical imagery, combined with Imao Keinen’s artworks, further enhances the exotic night garden ambiance.

The Silver A’ Design Award recognition for Oita Soho serves as a testament to Mika Kanayama’s exceptional design prowess and dedication to pushing the boundaries of interior design. This accolade is expected to inspire future projects within Kanayama’s portfolio, fostering further innovation and exploration in the realm of culturally-influenced, experientially-rich interior spaces. The award also motivates Kanayama and her team to continue striving for excellence, setting new benchmarks in the industry without claiming dominance.

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About Mika Kanayama
Mika Kanayama, hailing from Great Britain, is the founder of Muzo, a London-based interior design studio established in 2018. Specializing in hospitality, restaurants, bars, cinemas, and hotels, Muzo takes an end-experience focused approach, aiming to create interior spaces that enrich day-to-day life and inspire and invigorate people.

About Muzo
Muzo is a London-based, award-winning interior design studio founded by Mika Kanayama in 2018. Specializing in F&B and hospitality, Muzo designs spaces for restaurants, bars, cafes, and cinemas. Working closely with clients from initial concept design through to completion, Muzo treats each project as equally important, recognizing that each has its own unique story and character deserving of fresh ideas, perspectives, and attention.

About Silver A’ Design Award
The Silver A’ Design Award recognizes highly regarded designs that embody excellence and innovation. Recipients are acknowledged for their notable contributions to raising industry standards and advancing design practice through their skillful incorporation of functionality, aesthetics, and original innovations. The rigorous selection process, involving blind peer review by an expert jury panel based on pre-established criteria, ensures that Silver A’ Design Award winners represent truly outstanding achievements in their respective fields.

About A’ Design Award
The A’ Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award is a highly respected international competition that promotes excellence and innovation within the interior design industry. Welcoming a diverse range of participants, from visionaries and leading agencies to innovative companies and influential brands, the award provides a platform to showcase creativity and gain global recognition. The rigorous selection process, involving blind peer review by an expert jury panel of design professionals, journalists, and academics, ensures that winning entries meet the highest standards of excellence. With a philanthropic mission to make the world a better place through good design, the A’ Design Award, now in its 16th year, motivates designers and brands to develop superior products and projects that positively impact society. Interested parties may learn more about the A’ Design Awards, explore jury members, view past laureates, and take part with their projects at

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