Disciplines

Concept Design
Design Management
Interiors

At Four-by-Two we’re not here to dictate, but to listen. We are responsive and provide the appropriate solution to every project in a unique way that suits each client individually. Building long-lasting relationships is key to our existence and we were delighted to be appointed as the creative team to deliver Yamato. Having worked with our client on past projects such as Kanpai, the look of their new sister restaurant in Tollcross was approached with the philosophy of Japanese Zen in mind; exploring nature and the everyday ‘life-world’. Zen has a unique, mindful aesthetic which includes the appreciation for moderation, asymmetry, imperfection, rusticity and naturalness.

 

To bring the vision to life, we collaborated with local Edinburgh creatives to build the customer journey through beautiful design details and features. The careful consideration of their experience is vital and utilising a strong guiding inspiration helps tell the brand story in a way the customer can interpret and appreciate organically. Intertwining Zen with the concept of the changing seasons and the tradition of Japanese craft guided our direction of the interior look and feel. Tastefully interpreting these values, we used a balance of rich and cool tones mixed with quality natural fabrics and materials that in unison take guests from Spring through to Winter as they travel through the restaurant and bar.

 

Arriving in the welcome area, guests are greeted in a light, bright space that reflects the freshness of Spring while the main dining area uses warm hues of natural wood and glowing light to reflect the mellowness of a hazy Summer. The private dining room incorporates dark stained oak and a nod toward the traditional Japanese art of charring wood to evoke Autumn, while the bathrooms hold an airy, crisp feel with grey blue textured walls.

 

Working with Leith based ceramic designer, Beth Lamont we created a bespoke ceiling feature which is suspended over the bar while Scozia Venetian crafted the unique wall treatment in the bathrooms; showcased in a wintry blue shade and achieved through layers of hand applied wax to give a natural yet moody vibe. It’s always important for us to work with other creatives that share our passion for visually stunning design in order to fulfil a client brief to its fullest potential. Yamato does this successfully by taking a blend of complimentary inspiration and pairing this with the implementation of beautiful fabrics, materials and tasteful unique design features to create a beautiful, emotive environment.

 

Zen has a unique, mindful aesthetic which includes the appreciation for moderation, asymmetry, imperfection, rusticity and naturalness.