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Nail Sculpture

Chicago, IL

Inspired by the simple flavors, textures, and fresh ingredients of Roka Akor’s sushi and robata menu, DMAC’s design honor the integrity and pleasure of exquisite, contemporary Japanese cuisine. 


DMAC designer and directed local artists in repurposing old nails into a large-scale pavilion that enshrines the dining room’s centerpiece: a sushi bar and robata grill. Over twenty thousand hand-cut nails salvaged from a gran elevator circa 1887, are delicately welded together to form an elegant crosshatch.

With their emphasis on creativity and craft, DMAC’s use of natural and reclaimed materials yields a warm and sincere, yet highly evocative, space complementing the quality and artful presentation of fine Japanese dining.

Collaborated with artist Yuval Awazu

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