To give our audience eyes and ears into the live judging sessions that took place at Frame Awards 2020, we're sharing coverage of the insightful jury conversations that decided the winning projects. Below, we celebrate the recipient of Best Use of Colour: Nôl by Case-Real. Find the full collection of reports in our upcoming May/June 2020 issue, Frame 134.
Tokyo – What might seem like a surprising winner for this particular category, Nôl – a restaurant serving French haute cuisine in the heart of Tokyo – stole the jury’s hearts with its anti-colour approach. The absence of colour ‘allowed us to focus solely on the theatre of cooking,’ said Pallavi Dean, founder and creative director of Roar. Case-Real impressed by carefully dosing its ingredients: gradation, stucco paint and an intricate lighting scheme.
Contemporary design curator Valentina Guidi Ottobri pointed out that ‘most black rooms can be experienced as cold and austere, but Nôl stands out for its great use of the entire palette, showing how an all-black interior can turn out soft and balanced’. All judges agreed that the dark-hued space does not compete with, or distract from, the objective of a restaurant: it highlights the clear distinctions of a stage (the kitchen) and an audience (the guests).