T+L Design Awards 2008
Designed by Philippe Starck
Bold, witty, and sensational—just what you'd expect from a Philippe Starck–designed sushi restaurant in L.A. But Katsuya is also warm, fun, and inviting: oversize photographs of a geisha—her lips, eyes, kimono—loom over the simple armchairs and comfortable sofas. The vivid, winking elements of Japanese kitsch (sushi knives embedded in Lucite, rows and rows of sake bottles) serve to project the restaurant's iconography out the front door and onto the street, a remarkable achievement in this car-centric city.
Katsuya Hollywood, dinner for two $150.
The Jury Says: “Katsuya Hollywood has Philippe Starck's wit and sense of playfulness, and puts it on a bigger scale.” —David Rockwell
From the article T+L Design Awards 2008