KAORI Miami is a Mediterranean Asian fusion cuisine experience located on the ground level of the SLS Lux complex in the heart of Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. Collaborators Spazio Bressan and Interior Image Group (IIG) partnered on the interior design to create an open, airy, and bright restaurant with a thoughtful balance of sophistication and casual comfort.
The 4,500-square-foot establishment includes a first-floor bar and lounge, a second-floor dining area with an expansive view of downtown Brickell, a private dining room, and an expo kitchen. IIG and Spazio Bressan incorporated clean, contemporary lines using both Mediterranean and Asian-influenced design elements with a modern and chic aesthetic.
KAORI’s interior is modulated by a series of vertical screens—creating smaller intimate spaces— transparent enough for the flow of light and traffic. With an aim for simplicity, IIG and Spazio Bressan narrowed down to five natural and organic materials found throughout, including concrete, metals, linen, sisal, and wood. With a color palette that pairs warm neutrals and cool plasters, the team incorporated light-toned wall finishes and porcelain floors that contrast with darker woods and stones to give a sense of inviting warmth and connect the location’s urban setting with nature. Lush greenery enlivens the venue and adds another layer to the natural aesthetic.
Photo: Courtesy of Costas Picadas