Photo: Satoshi Nagare
The Danish restaurant Noma has repeatedly been voted the world’s best. For a few winter weeks in January and February,the Japanese get an opportunity to become acquainted with Noma, as Noma has opened a temporary pop-up restaurant at the famous hotel Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo. It is open from January 9 to February 14 2015, when the Japanese guests can pamper themselves with local ingredients prepared with inspiration from Scandinavian cuisine.
For the interior design of the pop-up restaurant, another strong Danish brand has been chosen: Furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son has delivered a special edition of Hans J. Wegner CH46-chairs and custom made tables, also from Carl Hansen & Son. The same chairs are in Noma’s restaurant in Copenhagen, and it has been important for Noma to bring the most of its unique environment to Tokyo.
CH46 was designed in 1965, and with its minimalist and functional style it is one of the most significant Wegner designs. Both the chairs and the custom-made tables reflect Noma’s local, sustainable, Nordic approach. For the Tokyo restaurant, the chairs are made of wood from more than 200 year old oak trees from sustainable Danish forests, and a black lacquered finish is used to give the chairs a modern expression despite the more than 50 year old design.
The custom made black lacquered dining tables fit CH46-chairs, completing the special Noma experience. In line with Noma’s focus on combining sustainable, local ingredients, the tables are hand made from solid Danish oak of Danish cabinetmakers before traveling to Tokyo.
An opportunity to own a piece of Noma
When Noma returns to Copenhagen, and the Mandarin Oriental’s Signature restaurant resumes operation, many of the articles from the Noma Tokyo pop up restaurant will be for sale in a special Noma Tokyo shop. Besides articles like glasses, plates and cutlery, the customers will be able to buy Carl Hansen & Son’s special edition CH46-chairs with leather cushions and custom made tables that are otherwise unavailable.