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Steal This Look: A Restaurant Supply Kitchen in Tokyo


Steal This Look: A Restaurant Supply Kitchen in Tokyo

Alexa Hotz January 24, 2017

One of our all time favorite projects at Remodelista is the Setagaya Tokyo Apartment, designed by Naruse Inokuma Architects. The deconstructed industrial kitchen is made from concrete blocks, larch plywood, and stainless steel and outfitted with an eclectic mix of Japanese kitchenware. Here, we’ve dissected the dining room/kitchen for a list to borrow from.


Above: The apartment is characterized by accidental beauty: After stripping wallpaper the architects discovered the gray wall marking but left the patina as a feature rather than covering it up.

Setagaya Apartment Kitchen by Naruse Inokuma Architects

Above: A larch plywood countertop and open shelves surround the stainless steel sink. On the far end of the kitchen sits a cooktop, vent, and undercounter refrigerators from a restaurant supply store.

Setagaya Apartment Kitchen by Naruse Inokuma Architects

Above: A few small appliances and Japanese ceramic dishes fill the open shelving.

Setagaya Apartment Kitchen by Naruse Inokuma Architects

Above: A view into the living area, with tatami matting.


WAC Lighting 104LED Line Voltage Track Head

Above: Part of the WAC track lighting system is the 104LED Line Voltage Track Head (shown); $75 each at YLighting. For more on WAC systems, see YLighting. Another option is the Summit ACLED Beamshift Line in white.

Fuonota Tatami Mat

Above: The Karup Tatami Mat is made of rice straw with a black band; €114.57 ($122) at Futo Nota.

Leviton Stainless Steel Outlet Wall Plate

Above: The Leviton Standard Size Stainless Steel Wallplate is $4.45 on Amazon.

Godefroy de Vireu Flowerpot

Above: The 10L Godefroy de Virieu Flowerpot is $27.85 at Merci.


Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Chair in Black Ash

Above: The Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen, shown in black-colored ash, is $518 at Design Within Reach.

Ohio Design Noi Dining Table

Above: From Ohio Design in San Francisco, the streamlined Parsons style Noi Table has a metal base and the option of different plywood tops; $749-$1,349 at Ohio Design. Another option is Room & Board’s Parsons Extension Table for $1,999.

Arne Jacobsen Dot Stool in Walnut

Above: The Jacobsen Dot Stool in walnut veneer is $317 at Hive Modern.

Large Appliances

Universal REH Standard Exhaust Hood 48-Inches

Above: Designed for use in commercial kitchens, the Universal Standard Exhaust Hood is made of stainless steel and measures 48 inches wide, 36 inches deep, and 24 inches high; $593.51 at Elite Restaurant Equipment.

Monogram 36-Inch Induction Cooktop

Above: The GE Monogram 36-Inch Induction Cooktop is $2,999 at AJ Madison.

True Undercounter Refrigerator

Above: The True (TUC-72) 72-Inch Undercounter Refrigerator is $3,018 at Webstaurant Store.

The Kitchen Sink

Grohe Starlight Chrome Minta Faucet

Above: The Grohe Starlight Pull-Down Faucet is $381.24 at Kitchen & Bath Authority. For more ideas, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ Go-To Modern Kitchen Faucets.

Elkay Lustertone Stainless Steel Single Bowl Sink Top

Above: Something similar to the custom stainless sink and counter at the apartment is the Lustertone Stainless Single Bowl Sink Top from Elkay; $2,177 at Elkay. For more on stainless sinks, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks.

Muji PET Rectangular Pump Bottle in Olive Green

Above: Muji’s PET Rectangular Pump Bottle, shown in olive green, is popular for storing hand soap in the bath or, as seen here, in the kitchen; $5 each at Muji.

Muji Stainless Steel Bottle Rack

Above: The Stainless Steel Bottle Rack is $13 at Muji. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Countertop Dish Drainers.


Balmuda Toaster Oven in Black

Above: The Japanese Balmuda Steam Oven Toaster is $345.46 on Amazon.

GE White Countertop Microwave Oven

Above: For a non-glamorous microwave, GE’s White Countertop Microwave Oven (JEM3072DHWW) is $119 at ABT.

Braun Coffee/Espresso Mill in White

Above: Source a vintage Braun (KMM30) Coffee/Espresso Mill in white, now discontinued, on eBay and on Etsy.


Kaikado Tea Canisters in Silver

Above: Kaikado Tea Canisters are available in copper, brass, and tin (shown) with prices ranging from $140 to $185 at Tortoise General Store.

Donabe Fukkura San from Tortoise General Store

Above: The Donabe Fukkura San is made from special clay from Iga in the Mie Prefecture known for its ability to withstand high heat and rapid temperature change without cracking; $130 at Tortoise General Store.

Ramen Rice Bowl Tamao Yellow Ashes

Above: A polka dot Ramen/Rice Bowl is available at Furari Shop in Japan for ¥3,240 ($29).

Shinji Hidaka Ash Glaze Bowl

Above: The Ash Glaze Bowl by artist Shinji Hidaka is $29.90 at Analogue Life.

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